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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

July 20, 2017

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    Venus now rises in the small hours of the morning, near 2:30 AM, and will be joined by the waning Crescent Moon by 2:45 AM. To their right and just a little higher, the red star Aldebaran marks the red "eye" of Taurus, the Bull.

  • July 21:

    At 10:15 this evening, the Scorpion's tail is due south, extremely low above the horizon, yet even so, at its best viewing of the year. As the tail curls up to the left, the star on the end is called Shaula, from the Arabic meaning either “stinger” or “raised”, as in poised to sting.

  • July 22:

    High in the east-southeast at 10:30 are three bright stars which make up the Summer Triangle. The highest and brightest is Vega, lower and to the left is Deneb, and lowest and more toward the south is Altair. Altair comes from an Arabic word meaning the “flying or soaring eagle”.