Mark Alan Lovewell

Mars, Moon and Midnight

Tonight, if you can step outside late, you’ll see the Moon in close proximity to the red planet Mars. Both are in the constellation Taurus. The bright star Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation is not far away. The view starts around midnight, when the the three are high enough to see above the eastern horizon.

You can draw an imaginary line through all three of them with Mars almost being in the middle. Take note of the brightness of Mars. The planet is growing in brightness as it gets closer.

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Jupiter, Moon and Saturn

Tonight, the bright gibbous moon appears between the two brightest evening planets Jupiter and Saturn.

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The red planet Mars is worthy of attention this month as it both grows in brightness and gets easier to see after midnight. The planet has spent much of the year in the morning sky and faint. In the weeks and months ahead, the planet will brighten and become more notable.

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Thin Crescent Moon Next Week

A thin crescent moon appears low in the southwestern sky beginning next week. Take a look Tuesday night for the moon appearing near the bright star Spica, the main star in the constellation Virgo.

The two are together for a short time and then they set in the west. The moon appears higher in the nights that follow and will be easier to see.

Ringed Planet Saturn

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Stars Tonight

Tonight is the night of the fireworks in Oak Bluffs. Take this moment to look beyond the nearby fireworks display and for there is a stellar showing going on over your head.

If the sky is clear enough, the stars will be brilliant tonight. There is no brilliant moon to compete for attention. You could see the Milky Way band as it runs from the northeastern sky to the southern sky.

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Saturn and Full Moon

Saturn and the Full Moon rise together tonight in the eastern sky. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus. Saturn is the brightest object nearest the moon.

The ringed-planet Saturn is now visible a short time after sunset, rising in the eastern sky. The planet reaches opposition on Sunday, which puts it closer to the Earth than at any other time in the year.

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Moon in Scorpius

Tonight’s gibbous moon appears low in the southern sky near Antares, the brightest star in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius.

Scorpius is a group of stars that depict a giant scorpion. It is one of the southernmost constellations in the zodiac.

Take a look tonight for Antares almost four degrees distant from the moon. The two are a pair. Use the moon as a guide to see this bright red star.

Antares is one of the largest stars in the summer night sky. It parallels in size the bright red star Betelgeuse in the winter constellation Orion.

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Perseid Meteor Show Now

The time is right to be thinking of the Perseid Meteor shower, though usually it is more than a week away.

The shower’s peak will combine with a full moon on August 12. A full moon will likely be the spoiler, brightening the sky so much that only the brightest meteors can be seen.

Don’t wait. Before the moon takes over, enjoy these beautiful summer nights and try and spot a meteor any night prior too and after the date of the shower.

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Meteor Shower Season

The best time of year for scouting for shooting stars, meteors, is about to begin in the week ahead. Late July and early August is the best time to go outside at night and look for these fast moving shooting stars. There are three fun reasons why the time is right.

There are two meteor showers that will command attention ahead. The meteor shoer Delta Aquarids is about to peak on Thursday, July 28. The shower produces a good number of meteors that you will see late at night. We’ve seen forecasts as high as 20 meteors in an hour, but we are happy just to see half the number.

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Moon and Planets

Tonight’s gibbous moon rises late in the evening, but take note. If you are outside later than 10 p.m. look for the moon rising in the east with what appears to be a bright star nearby.

That star in close proximity to the moon is the ringed-planet Saturn. The two are only six degrees apart. They are in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus. It is easy to see the moon above the horizon this evening, but wait awhile so that it gets some height in the sky. Saturn is easier to see late.

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