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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

July 18, 2019

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The Big Dipper, found dangling by its handle in the northwest, is known by a number of other names. In England, as well as parts of eastern Europe, it is called the Plough, lowering into the north each fall to till in the crops.

  • July 19:

    The star Capella is right on the northern horizon, due north at 10:15 PM EDT. While it is essentially not viewable, it never sets at our latitude. By midnight, it will be rising in the north-northeast. In six months from now, it will be almost exactly overhead during the bitter cold evenings of January.

  • July 20:

    50 years ago today, millions of people on the Earth watched as one man, Neil Armstrong, became the first person to visit the Moon. The Apollo 11 landing was the first of six successful missions to the Moon, leading to the un-manned exploration of much of the Solar System, and developing the technology to make it possible.

Star Charts

  • July 9, 2019 - July 18, 2019:

    Looking south near 10:30 PM during the middle of July, the Moon approaches Full as it tracks from Jupiter to Saturn

    Looking south near 10:30 PM during the middle of July, the Moon approaches Full as it tracks from Jupiter to Saturn