Moon is in the way of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower in late July. Get ready, though. Delta Aquarids will still be flying as the Perseids peak in August.
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Binoculars reveal Epsilon Lyrae as a double star – two stars in one. A telescope shows that each component star is also a double.
The moon was full on July 2, and it’ll be full again on July 31. The second of two full moons in a calendar month is often called a Blue Moon.
Antares, Heart of Scorpius the Scorpion, is bright and reddish in color. It’s near the moon on July 26, 2015. Saturn is also nearby.
Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks around now, under the light of the almost-full moon. But don’t worry. Delta Aquarids will still be flying when the Perseids peak in August.
How to spot it, plus an explanation of why meteors in annual showers have radiant points.
Look for the waxing gibbous moon as darkness falls on July 24. It shines in between two bright starlike points of light, the star Spica and the planet Saturn.
With little or no moon to ruin the show, this is a great year for watching the Perseid meteor shower. It’ll peak on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.
People from around the world will see the moon at or near its first quarter phase, and close to the star Spica on the evening of July 23.
As sunset closes the 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 this evening.