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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

July 27, 2016

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The southern end of the Milky Way is rich with various types of objects because it is the center of our galaxy, though binoculars or telescopes are needed. Looking at the red star Antares, ordinary binoculars will show a fuzzy object to its right – a cluster of stars, where hundreds, perhaps thousands of stars are all close together.

  • July 28:

    Early tomorrow morning, a waning Crescent Moon shines just above the red star Aldebaran, the “red eye” of Taurus, the Bull. They rise a little before 3:00 in the northeast, and present their best views from 3:30 to 4:30 AM, before the morning twilight gets too bright.

  • July 29:

    The Delta Aquarid Meteor shower is near its broad peak in activity, lasting from mid-July to mid-August. Though not prolific, the meteors tend to be slow and bright, worth waiting for a glimpse of one or two. The waning Crescent Moon, not rising until late at night, will offer dark skies for better viewing.