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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

August 13, 2022

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The Full “Sturgeon” Moon runs low across the southern skies. The Moon gets its name from the large fish found in the Great Lakes and other large bodies of water, which were easier to catch in August. European settlers sometimes knew this as the “Corn” Moon.

  • August 14:

    Climbing into the southeast just after sunset, the golden-hued Saturn reaches opposition - its closest point to the Earth, 830 million miles away, as we pass directly between Saturn and the Sun. By 10 o'clock, look due east, where the waning Gibbous Moon rises just right of Saturn's larger cousin, the great Jupiter.

  • August 15:

    Low in the failing western twilight between 8:15 and 8:30 PM, you will find the bright, bluish-white star Spica nearing the end of its viewing for the year. Although Spica ranks just outside the top-ten brightest stars, at 250 light years away, actually outshines the Sun by 15 thousand times!

 

Eye on the Night Sky is produced by the Fairbanks Museum, home to Vermont's only public planetarium.