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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

June 26, 2017

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The star Antares, the “heart” of Scorpio, the Scorpion, is due south at 11:00 PM, shimmering a bright orangish-red. Antares was one of the four Royal Stars in Persian astronomy, marking the position of the Sun at the beginning of autumn thousands of years ago. Well to its left, similar in brightness but more of a pale yellow, is the planet Saturn.

  • June 27:

    As the Moon returns to the evening sky as a waxing Crescent, its slender arc is just to the lower left of the star Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the Lion. They appear near 9:15 PM, and are lower, due west at 9:45 PM as twilight fades.

  • June 28:

    The Big Dipper is beginning to drop a little into the northwestern skies from its position at the top of the sky in May. A Seneca Indian legend tells us that the bowl of the dipper is really a bear, with the closest star to the bowl a hunter with a bow and arrow. The middle star is a hunter with a cooking pot, and the third star is another hunter, gathering firewood to cook with.