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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

August 25, 2019

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    One of the curious features in the Milky Way, next to the star Deneb, the least bright star in the Summer Triangle, is a patch of dark sky, known as the Northern Coalsack. It is not an absence of stars, but rather a thick cloud of gas and dust blocking the light from more distant stars.

  • August 26:

    The first blush of morning twilight tomorrow hosts an enticing view of a thin, waning Crescent Moon to the lower right of the Twin stars of Gemini. Early risers should easily see Orion, the classic winter constelltion, climbing higher into the southeast, his usual location on December evenings.

  • August 27:

    Night owls and early risers will see a very thin Crescent Moon tomorrow morning, well below the Twins of Gemini, and well left of the brilliant star Procyon, the only bright star in Canis Minor, the Little Dog. The Moon and Procyon rise near 3:45 AM in the east-northeast, and climb to due east as twilight increases after 5 o'clock.