Mark Alan Lovewell

Moon and Southern Sky

Sunday night the crescent moon shines within a few degrees of Antares, the brightest star in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius. The two appear in the southwestern sky about an hour after sunset and you can watch them for an hour or more before they both set in the west.

On Monday night, the moon advances to first quarter phase and appears in the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius, another southern constellation.

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Venus and Spica
The brightest planet in the western sky, Venus has a companion this weekend.
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The Moon and Pleiades
The last quarter moon rises before midnight on Sunday night.
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Jupiter and the Full Moon
The full moon and the bright planet Jupiter rise in the east after sunset tomorrow, Saturday.
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Before the Full Moon
This is the weekend to see the last of the Perseid meteor shower.
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Perseid Meteor Shower
The favorite meteor shower of the year takes place next week, on Wednesday night.
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Meteor Showers
The best nights of stargazing are upon us.
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Oregon Fires

The stars of night and especially the Milky Way were unavailable this week. The Vineyard along with much of the country is under a high altitude cloud obscuring the faint objects of the night.

Even the moon in the last few nights looks like it is locked in sunset mode. The sky is so different. This is not the summer night sky we remember of weeks ago. Fog is a challenge but it comes and goes with changing weather patterns.

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Star Clusters
This is a wonderful time of year to be looking up at the stars.
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Crescent Moon, Venus and Mars
On Sunday night take a look towards the western sky about a half hour after sunset.
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