The southern skies are busy this month, with the red star Antares marking the “heart” of the Scorpion, its claws stretching to the west, and its tail along the horizon. To its left, crossing the “river of light” known as the Milky Way, is the “teapot” in Sagittarius, while farther left, Jupiter and Saturn enjoy a close encounter, lasting the rest of the year. The Milky Way climbs higher in the east, surrounded by three bright stars forming the Summer Triangle, seen overhead by midnight. The Big Dipper sits high in the northwest, looking like its British name, “the Plough”. Mars brightens considerably as it rises before midnight, while Venus is stunning as the morning twilight begins.
Keep up on the latest happenings in your night sky with the Eye on the Night Sky!