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In the east, after dark on July evenings, look for the bright star Altair fairly close to the horizon. Altair is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila.
Deneb is the northernmost star in the Summer Triangle asterism. Its constellation Cygnus the Swan flies along the starlit trail of the Milky Way.
The Summer Triangle consists of three bright stars in three different constellations. The brightest is Vega in the constellation Lyra.
One of the prettiest stories in all skylore surrounds this star. “On the 7th night of the 7th moon … “
You may know that the sun enters the sign Cancer every year at the June solstice. The sun enters the constellation Cancer a month later, on or near July 20.
You know it when you see it, but what makes a full moon full?
We in North America won’t see the moon at the instant that it turns full at 2257 UTC (5:57 p.m. CDT). But just wait for sunset … and moonrise.
Strange as it may seem, the moon’s dark side is its near side.
Sure, the moon’s glare will obscure our view the stars tonight. Still, a glance up at tonight’s moon is a look in direction to the center of our galaxy.
You might notice a waxing gibbous moon in the afternoon in the next few days. It’ll be ascending in the east as the sun is descending in the west.
These two famous stars shine down from the northern sky. Eltanin and Rastaban represent the fiery Eyes of the constellation Draco the Dragon.
On July 16, 2016, an awesome conjunction of our sun’s 2 innermost planets, only half a degree (a moon diameter) apart. Will you be able to spot it?
Saturn is the jewel of our solar system, and Antares is a giant among stars. Read about them here.
The Coathanger star cluster really looks like a coat hanger and is easy to make out through binoculars. The star Albireo is your ticket to finding it.
Mars is brighter than Saturn, and Saturn is brighter than a nearby bright star, Antares in the constellation Scorpius.
2016 is a great year for the Perseid meteor shower. Watch on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13, in the hours before dawn.
If you miss the moon and Mars tonight, try tomorrow night! Also, the moon will move on to pair up with Saturn on July 15.
Delta Aquarid shower officially begins July 12, with a nominal peak July 28 or 29. The shower is long and rambling. If you watch the Perseids in August, you’ll see Delta Aquarids then, too.
As sunset closes curtains on the day, and the darkening skies bring out a myriad of far-off suns, let the moon introduce you to a very special star.
A first quarter moon rises at noon and is high overhead at sunset. It sets around midnight.
Waiting for the storm