The waxing Gibbous Moon makes a return appearance near one of the brighter stars along the zodiac constellations, the red star Antares. As the twilight diminishes after 9:30 PM, Antares emerges to the left of the Moon, with the pair track toward due south by 10:30 PM. These monthly encounters continue through October.
July is time to say good-bye to the classic constellation Leo, the Lion. The bright star on Leo’s shoulder, Regulus, due west at 9:30 PM EDT, settling lower as the twilight fades by 10 o’clock. All of Leo settles lower each evening, and by late in the month, drops below the horizon.
Tonight’s nearly Full Moon rises in the southeast, positioned directly opposite the Sun. This means the Moon rises close to sunset, and is also opposite where we see the Sun in summer, following a path similar to the winter sun, very low over the southern horizon through the night. The Full “Buck” Moon occurs tomorrow morning at 7:39 AM.