Harvest Moon
The moon dominates our night sky this weekend and will be full on Monday. Call this full moon the Harvest Moon, for it is the closest full moon to the first day of autumn. On Monday, autumn is only 11 days away.
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Moon and Mars
A crescent moon appears tonight in the southern sky. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Libra. Tomorrow night, the moon is even lower, appearing in the constellation Scorpius. The moon is in the first quarter on Sunday night.
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Starry Nights
The Milky Way is especially pretty this time of year. It appears overhead at about 10 p.m., splashed across the sky.
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Late Summer Sky
Tomorrow morning’s last quarter moon rises in the eastern sky at close to midnight. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Taurus.
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Moon Trumps Meteor Showers
Tonight’s first quarter moon appears in the zodiacal constellation Libra. The moon is low in the southwestern sky after sunset. Tomorrow night, the moon is even farther south and closer to the horizon. The moon will be in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius.
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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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