August Moon and Meteors
The best meteor watching takes place in the nights ahead, but don’t wait. The full moon comes in the second week of August and it is a spoiler.
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Moon and Planets
Early tomorrow morning, the last quarter moon appears near the bright planet Jupiter. You’ll see them rising in the east after midnight tonight. The two are together in the zodiacal constellation Aries. We usually associate Aries with the constellations of autumn. Autumn stars all start showing up in our evening sky for those up after midnight. The moon moves through those stars next week.
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Fisherman’s Moon
Tonight’s full moon appears low in the southeastern sky after sunset. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius and is inching towards the zodiacal constellation Capricornus. The full moon this month is called the fisherman’s moon.
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Old Stars
Tonight’s first quarter moon appears in the zodiacal constellation Virgo, near the bright blue star Spica and the ringed-planet Saturn. Use the moon to find Saturn, which appears higher and to the right of the moon. Saturn is not as bright as Spica. It has a yellowish tint which clearly distinguishes it from Spica, one of the night’s brightest stars.
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Sliver Moon Fireworks
A thin crescent moon will hug the southwestern sky on the evening of Monday, July 4. If the weather cooperates, viewers will not only have a great view of a manmade spectacle, but will see the earth’s nearest neighbor before it slips below the horizon.
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Moonless Nights
The last nights of June are mostly moonless. For those who like to look at the stars, this is a wonderful opportunity. The moon won’t interfere until well after 3 a.m.
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Summer Solstice
Summer arrives officially at 1:16 p.m. on Tuesday. Daylight is longer than 15 hours. It has been a progressive spring. The length of the day has advanced; unfortunately the temperature has not.
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Moonlight Dance
Tonight’s gibbous moon appears close to the bright ringed-planet Saturn. Both are in the zodiacal constellation Virgo.
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Moon and Stars
A thin crescent moon appears low in the southwestern sky after sunset tonight, when it is in the zodiacal constellation Gemini, moving into the constellation Cancer.
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Planets
The ringed planet Saturn appears high in the southeastern sky an hour after sunset. The planet shines brilliantly in the zodiacal constellation Virgo, not far from the bright star Spica. Saturn is the easiest of planets to spot, as it shows up in our night sky and not in the morning sky as the other visible planets.
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