Moon and Planets
Tonight’s thin crescent moon appears low in the southwestern sky. Look to the right of the moon and you’ll see the brilliant planet Venus, accompanied by two fainter planets, Mars and Saturn.
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Perseid Meteor Shower
The night skies ahead are promising for shooting stars. The annual big Perseid meteor shower takes place next Wednesday and Thursday nights, but you may see a meteor sooner. Meteors can be seen any night in the week ahead.
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Planetary Triangle
Two planets in our western sky are only two degrees apart: The red planet Mars and the ringed planet Saturn are so close, they form a perfect pair. This close relationship will last only a couple of nights, as Mars begins to move eastward appearing to pass by and under Saturn. Tonight the two planets are bright and easy to spot.
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Venus, Mars and Saturn
The appearance of these three planets promises to be a big astronomical event this summer. Take some time to watch in the nights ahead.
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Moon and Virgo
The crescent moon appears high in the southwestern sky after sunset tonight. It is in the zodiacal constellation Virgo. The moon moves into the first quarter phase on Saturday and appears close to one of the brightest stars in the night, the bright star Spica, also in Virgo. Virgo is a large constellation that extends along the zodiac. The moon will spend two days in Virgo.
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Venus and Neighbors
Tonight the brightest planet in the night sky appears close to Regulus, the brightest star in the zodiacal constellation Leo. The pair are less than two degrees apart.
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Moon and Jupiter
The last quarter moon rises in the wee hours of Sunday morning, accompanied by the bright planet Jupiter. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Pisces.
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Summer Moon
Tonight’s full moon, the Summer Moon, resides in the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius. This moon is the southern-most full moon of the year.
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Saturn and Moon
Tonight’s crescent moon appears right under the bright planet Saturn. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Virgo.
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Moon and Planets
Next week the crescent moon passes three planets in its trek across the night sky. If you’ve ever sought to find the planets, use the moon as a guide next week.
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