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Red 'Stars' and White Moon

24 Sep 2014, 07:01 UTC
Red 'Stars' and White Moon
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Slender Moon, Mars and moreFor the next week, the twilight sky will feature a close alignment of two bright shiny red objects, Mars and Antares, and the slender Moon wending its way through the southwestern sky. The Moon encounters the ringed planet Saturn on Saturday 27th and then brackets the close pairing of orange-red Mars and the red supergiant star Antares in the constellation Scorpius. This first lunar cycle of autumn should start out beautifully with the waxing Moon and some lovely alignments. Look south and west shortly after sunset each evening for the best viewing.Image courtesy Sky & Telescope.

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