Four bright objects lined up after sunset, the moon passes in front of Saturn twice, Venus and Jupiter are in close quarters, and an equinox on Mars. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending August 2, 2014
Are you watching the four bright southern objects lined up after sunset? From east to west, they are Antares, Saturn, Mars, and Spica. As a group, they move a little farther west every night this month. However, Mars is moving toward Saturn and will be just south of it on the 24th. It will head to a spot in the sky just north of Antares in September. The moon drops in between Saturn and Mars on the 3rd.
Venus has been a morning object for a few months now. It’s in Gemini. As the twins rise earlier every day this month, Venus drops below them. Jupiter emerges from conjunction in the dawn and passes just a quarter degree from Venus on the 18th. Then the king of the planets will be above the goddess. If you have a clear enough horizon, look at the two planets maneuver through the Beehive Cluster in the days before and after that close ...