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Crescent Moon and Venus low in the dawn, July 26-27, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 22 – 30

Bright Arcturus is still pretty high after dark, but as summer progresses, it moves down the western side of the evening sky. Its pale ginger-ale tint always helps identify it.

Moon passing Jupiter and Mars at dawn, July 18-21, 2022u

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 15 – 23

The waning Moon says hi to late-night Saturn, the Teapot starts tilting, the Great Square thrusts up, and the Milky Way arches high.

Waxing gibbous Moon crossing Scorpius and Sagittarius, July 10-12, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 8 – 16

July is Scorpius season. Maybe you know of the Cat's Eyes in the Scorpion's tail, but how about the Little Cat's Eyes in the Scorpion's body? The Sagittarius Teapot follows not far behind.

Moon passing Regulus and Leo, July 2-4, 2022

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 1 – 9

The Moon waxes across the evening sky from Leo to Scorpius. The five-planet lineup in the dawn is now four. And amateur astronomers plan to be recording as Saturn's hazy moon Titan occult a star about as bright as Titan itself for most of North America.

Crescent Moon passing Venus and Mercury, June 26-27, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 24 – July 2

The crescent Moon returns to the evening, crossing Leo. The five-planet lineup continues at dawn; catch it while you still can. And for skywatchers at northern latitudes, we're entering noctilucent cloud season.

Moon passing Jupiter and Mars in the dawn, June 21-23, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 17 – 25

The five naked-eye planets form a diagonal line in the dawn this week — in order of their distance from the Sun, no less. And the waning Moon visits each one in turn, day by day.

Moon crossing Scorpius, June 12-13, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 10 – 18

The waxing gibbous Moon shines with Spica, then occults Delta Scorpii. Meanwhile, all seven planets other than Earth are forming into a diagonal line across the east to southeast at dawn.

Waxing Moon with Castor and Pollux

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 3 – 11

For three nights running, the waxing Moon will pose equidistant from the two brightest stars of Leo. The Cassiopeia W lies exactly level in the north. And for that to happen, Kochab has to be straight above Polaris.

Crescent Moon passing Pollux and Castor, June 2-3, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 27 – June 4

The crescent Moon passes Pollux and Castor in the western twilight. Jupiter aligns with Mars in the dawn, then they edge apart. And a strong new meteor shower will either happen or it won't!

Moon with Jupiter, Mars, Venus at dawn, May 25-27, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 20 – 28

The advancing spring sends Vega high and Capella low. The Coma Berenices cluster glitters shyly way up, big and dim. Glance up anytime to check on changing Beta Lyrae. And now in the dawn, Jupiter aligns with Mars.

Spica and Corvus. Image by Akira Fujii.

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 13 – 21

The Moon becomes totally eclipsed, Corvus eyes Spica, Draco eyes Vega, and the last star of the rising Summer Triangle clears the horizon.

This Week's Sky At a Glance

This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 6 – 14

The Moon aligns with Pollux and Castor – but how precisely for you? Three zero-magnitude stars form a far-flung spring triad. And with Libra and Bootes up, the two oldest things you will ever see await your binoculars or scope.

Mercury, Pleiades, crescent Moon, May 2, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 29 – May 6

Mercury passes the Pleiades at dusk. Jupiter passes Venus in the dawn as Mars and Saturn watch. And can you name the three brightest stars of these spring nights? Hint: They're all magnitude zero.

Moon, Mars, Saturn, Venus. Jupiter, April 25-27, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 22 – 30

Arcturus, Spica, and Corvus put on their spring show. The Pointers point straight down at nightfall, which means Leo walks the high south and the Arch of Spring spans the west.

Four planets at dawn: Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, April 16, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 15 – 23

Orion descends, Leo walks sideways, the Dog Stars stand up straight, the Moon wanes past full, and at dawn, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and Saturn form a diagonal straight line.

Venus, Mars, and Saturn at dawn, April 9, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 8 – 16

The gibbous Moon passes through Leo and Virgo as it waxes toward full, forming new Moon-and-stars "lunarisms" (patterns) each evening. Mercury begins a new apparition in the sunset. At dawn, Jupiter emerges to join the lineup of Venus, Mars, and Saturn.

Saturn and Mars in dawn conjunction near Venus, April 4 2022with Venus

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 1 – 9

The evening Moon climbs toward the Arch of Spring, then through it. Orion's Belt levels, the Leaps of the Gazelle cross the zenith, and Saturn and Mars conjoin near brilliant Venus in early dawn.

Venus, Mars, Saturn and waning Moon, March 27-28, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 25 – April 2

What constellation trots behind Sirius and Canis Major across the southern sky? Puppis, not a puppy but the poop deck of Argo Navis. In this dark of the Moon, try for the Clown-Face Nebula high in Gemini. And the three dawn planets dance through two more isosceles triangles.

Venus, Mars, Saturn at dawn, March 19, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 18 – 26

Sirius sparkles on the corner of the Meat Cleaver, two open clusters hide under the Cleaver's handle, Orion's Belt levels out for the turning of spring, and Venus, Mars and Saturn slow-dance at dawn.

Moon crossing Gemini, March 11-13, 2022

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 11 – 19

Sirius, bright dogtag of Canis Major, offers observing challenges day and night. The Big Dipper balances Cassiopeia, and the nearly full Moon occults a Leo star.

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