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Bruce McClure

Go young moon hunting at dusk

As twilight fades, search for the pale, whisker-thin waxing crescent moon near the sunset point on the horizon.

Watch for Delta Aquariid meteors

They’re the reason it’s fun to begin watching for meteors in late July. The Delta Aquarid shower is long and rambling and overlaps with the Perseids.

Find the Teapot, and the galaxy’s center

The center of our Milky Way galaxy is located in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius with its famous Teapot asterism. This is a good time of year to look for it.

Sun enters Cancer on July 20

You might know that the sun enters the sign of Cancer every year at the June solstice. It enters the constellation Cancer a month later, on or near July 20.

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2017

All you need to know about 2017’s major meteor showers. Next good opportunity is late July and early August. Watch between midnight and dawn, when the moon is down. You won’t catch a magnificent display, as in some years, but you might see some!

Moon and Venus closest July 20

Around the world before sunrise Thursday, the moon and Venus will be close in the east before dawn. The bright star nearby is Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull.

Venus, moon, Aldebaran before dawn

Look in the east for the brightest starlike object in the sky. That’ll be Venus. Aldebaran is the bright star nearby. The moon will be passing through the next few mornings!

Ophiuchus, 13th constellation of zodiac

The sun passes in front of Ophiuchus each year from November 29 to December 17.

Eltanin and Rastaban, the Dragon’s Eyes

These two famous stars shine down from the northern sky. Eltanin and Rastaban represent the fiery Eyes of the constellation Draco the Dragon.

Scorpius? Here’s your constellation

The Scorpion in the sky and in mythology.