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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

September 23, 2021

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    Venus appears strikingly bright, but low above the west-southwest horizon, shortly after 7 o'clock. By 7:30, with twilight slipping away, look to the upper right of Venus for a star emerging, with the curious name, Zubenelgenubi, which means the "southern claw", as in the Scorpion, farther to the left.

  • September 24:

    Any clear evening throughout the year, you can use the outer two stars of the Big Dipper's bowl, and extend a line from there "up" from the bowl to find Polaris, the North Star, which appears anchored due north, and half way up in the skies. It actually remains there because it is directly above our North Pole.

  • September 25:

    The late evening welcomes a rising, waning Gibbous Moon, making an appearance between the faint cluster of stars, the Seven Sisters or the Pleiades, to the Moon's upper left, and well above the rising, reddish star Aldebaran, coming into view in the east-northeast after 10:15 PM. They'll sweep high into the south by 6:00 AM tomorrow.