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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

October 22, 2016

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The star Capella, one of the ten brightest in the sky, is exactly northeast at 8:50 PM EDT, occasionally flickering colors of red, blue and green as its brilliant light is broken into random segments of a rainbow by the Earth’s atmosphere.

  • October 23:

    Usually it is a challenge to find the bright red star Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, low in the southwest as twilight fades near 6:30 PM EDT. This evening, though, the brilliant Venus shines a little to its right. Antares is fading into the twilight because the time of year called Scorpio, October 23 to November 22, is when the Sun is near these stars.

  • October 24:

    Directly overhead this evening at 7:20 PM is Deneb, the tail of the Swan, or the top of the Northern Cross. Don’t mistake it for the brighter Vega, located toward the west.