Poor Ophiuchus. Nobody ever claims him as a “birth sign,” although the sun moves in front of his stars from about November 30 to December 18. Keep the big guy company. Find Ophiuchus in your sky tonight!
There’s no moon-free window left for meteor-watching this week. Yet this shower – whose nominal peak is July 27, same night as this century’s longest lunar eclipse and the brightest Mars since 2003 – might be a winner in 2018.
The name Antares derives from the Ancient Greek and means rival to Ares – that is, rival to Mars. Like Mars, Antares is red in color. Antares is sometimes brighter than Mars, it’s no match for Mars now!