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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

August 28, 2016

Nightly Events

  • August 28:

    With the Summer Triangle almost overhead, look at its lowest star Altair, and then to the left of Altair. A faint, compact collection of stars may catch your eyes, the constellation Delphinus, the Dolphin. It appears like a comma, but perhaps you can imagine a dolphin leaping from right to left, out of the celestial waters.

  • August 29:

    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 30:

    The eastern skies tomorrow morning at 5:15 AM EDT, host several bright objects. Toward the southeast, the bright, bluish-white star Sirius is rising, with Procyon more to the left and a little higher. These stars are outshone by the returning Venus, almost directly east, even more to the left, and a little lower than Sirius.

Star Charts

  • August 27, 2016 - September 10, 2016:

    Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder, standing on top of Scorpius

    Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder, standing on top of Scorpius