The Full “Sturgeon” Moon runs low across the southern skies. The Moon gets its name from the large fish found in the Great Lakes and other large bodies of water, which were easier to catch in August. European settlers sometimes knew this as the “Corn” Moon.
By 10 o’clock this evening, edging up into the southeast, the nearly Full Moon makes the first of two visits to the planet Saturn, modestly bright to the left of the Moon. Through the night, the Moon’s orbit slides it more and more underneath Saturn, with the ringed planet right above the Moon, settling into the southwest, as twilight brightens near 5 o’clock.
The bright star Capella is rarely out of view, located 43 degrees from the North Star. What this means is that it always remains above the horizon, at its very lowest at 9:15 this evening as twilight dims. It slowly rises through the evening, sliding into the northeast, about one quarter of the way up from the horizon, due northeast, by 2 AM EDT.