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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

August 18, 2018

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The First Quarter Moon appears about one third of the way above the southern horizon at sunset, and by 9 o'clock it enjoys the company of Jupiter to its right, the red heart of the Scorpion, Antares, to its lower left, while the ringed-planet Saturn appears well to the left.

  • August 19:

    Cassiopeia, the Queen, is a w-shaped constellation in the north-northeast this evening. The picture of the Queen is often one of her sitting on her throne, this time of year laying on its back with the legs toward your right.

  • August 20:

    A waxing Gibbous Moon joins Saturn, seen to its lower left, the pair appearing in the last half of twilight near 8:15, and cresting due south at 10 minutes of 9 o’clock. The Moon grows a bit larger, and shines to the left of Saturn tomorrow evening, heading toward Mars for Wednesday and Thursday evenings.