Two planets and two stars are lined up this week. In the weeks ahead, the planets will move around. Some viewers will get an extra planet. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending July 26, 2014
This week, four bright objects are lined up in the south to southwest part of the sky. If you watch them over the next two months, you’ll see planets lining up with stars and you’ll have a great opportunity to identify them all.
After darkness sets in any evening this week, look to the south. You’ll find an orange star that is in the head of Scorpio. That star is called Antares and its name means the rival of Mars. When you’re looking at Antares, you’re looking toward the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. However, Antares is not in the galaxy’s center. It’s just in the line of sight.
A little west of Antares is Saturn. If you have dark enough skies, you may see that Saturn is in a diamond formed by four dim stars of the constellation Libra. Saturn looks yellow.
Keep going west and you’ll see another reddish object. That is Mars.
And a little farther ...