Thursday, July 18, 2024

Today: The star Capella is right on the northern horizon, due north at 10:15 PM EDT. While it is essentially not viewable, it never sets at our latitude. By midnight, it will be rising in the north-northeast. In six months from now, it will be almost exactly overhead...

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Today: As darkness fall at about 10 PM, the waxing gibbous Moon will appear in the south, with another encounter with a bright star. Last Saturday, it was Spica. Tonight it is the red star Antares’ turn, appearing to the Moon’s right. As the Moon tracks...

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Today: High in the east-southeast at 10:30 are three bright stars which make up the Summer Triangle. The highest and brightest is Vega, lower and to the left is Deneb, and lowest and more toward the south is Altair. Altair comes from an Arabic word meaning the “flying...

Monday, July 15, 2024

Today: The spacecraft New Horizons passed by Pluto and its moons on this date in 2015, sending back amazing images of a surprisingly changeable surface, covered with regions of frozen nitrogen glaciers, methane craters, and water-ice mountains, as well as a thin but...

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Today: The southern end of the Milky Way hosts a rich variety types of objects because it is the center of our galaxy, though binoculars or telescopes are needed. Looking at the red star Antares, due south at 9:45 PM, ordinary binoculars will show a fuzzy object...

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Today: As the twilight ebbs from the west from 9:30 to 10 o’clock, the First Quarter Moon appears stunningly close to the star Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. The Moon’s orbital motion takes it right in front of Spica as it is about...