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This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 23 – 31

Saturn and Jupiter shine in the southeast by late evening. The bright Moon passes them on the 24th through 26th. Venus continues to sit patiently, changelessly, low in the west in twilight. Bootes and the Big Dipper mark the western sky after dark; the Summer Triangle emblazons the east.

Venus, Regulus, Mars low in twilight, July 21, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 16 – 24

Venus shines in the western twilight as Mars sinks away. Jupiter and Saturn rise in late dusk. And after dark, Scorpius shows off at its very best in the south.

The crescent Moon passes Venus and Mars in conjunction, July 11-12, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 9 – 17

Bright Venus and tiny Mars come to conjunction low in the western twilight, as the crescent Moon stands watch. On the other side of the sky, Saturn and Jupiter rise after dark. And before moonlight comes back, delve the deep sky in Scorpius and Sagittarius.

Moon between Pleiades and Aldebaran, dawn July 6, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 2 – 10

Bright Venus and faint little Mars close in on each other low in the western twilight. Scorpius, laden with interesting stars and deep-sky targets, is highest in the south right after dark. Sagittarius, even richer, follows behind. Saturn and Jupiter rise in late evening.

Venus and Mars in the west at dusk, late June 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 25 – July 3

Showy Venus and shy little Mars draw closer together in the western dusk. In the east, the Summer Triangle holds sway after dark with the Milky Way behind it.

Venus and Mars in the western twilight, June 21, 2021

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

Summer begins. The Honey Moon poses with Spica, Scorpius, and the Teapot as it waxes from gibbous through full this week. Venus lines up, briefly, with Castor and Pollux

Moon, Mars, Venus in twilight, June 11-12, 2021

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

The crescent Moon passes Venus, Pollux, Castor, and Mars in the evening twilight. The Big Dipper hangs down; the Little Dipper floats up. And greet the "Betelgeuse of summer."

Mars, Pollux, Castor in twilight, early June 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 4 – 12

Pollux and Castor slide down past Mars in the west, while Venus, shining brightly below, tries to hog attention. On the other side of the sky, the enormous arch of the Milky Way hoves into view after dark behind the Summer Triangle.

Venus-Mercury conjunction at dusk, May 28, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 28 – June 5

Venus and Mercury conjoin in the post-sunset afterglow as Mercury fades away; bring binoculars! Arcturus stands over Spica. The Scorpion rears up, and the Big Dipper floats on high.

Jupiter on May 17, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 21 – 29

The Moon waxes from gibbous to supermoon-eclipse full. Low at dusk, Venus and Mercury close in on each other. Nova Cas has dropped back. And at dawn, Jupiter and Saturn climb a bit into slightly better view.

Moon passing Mars in Gemini, May 15-16, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 14 – 22

The crescent Moon waxes across the evening sky, pairing with Mars in upright-standing Gemini and then, four days later, with Leo's forefoot Regulus. In a telescope, Jupiter and Saturn are becoming not quite so fuzzy as they gain more altitude in early dawn.

Moon, Mercury, Venus at dusk, May 12-13, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 7 – 15

Mercury and low Venus adorn the west after sunset, with the crescent Moon soon to join them. Night brings the big Diamond of Virgo and Summer Triangle. Nova Cassiopeiae rebrightens. And Comet Atlas is in evening view with a 6-inch telescope.

Moon with Jupiter and Saturn at dawn, May 3-5, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 30 – May 8

Mercury and Venus now show themselves better at dusk. After dark, Comet Atlas awaits telescopic skyhunters. And the waning Moon passes under Saturn and Jupiter in early dawn.

Venus and Mercury barely above the sunset horizon, April 25, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 23 – May 1

Day by day, Venus and Mercury creep up from the sunset horizon in bright twilight. High above as twilight fades away, trace out the Arch of Spring arching high over Mars. Meanwhile Arcturus dominates the east.

Moon crossing Leo, April 21-22, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 16 – 24

The waxing Moon this week steps out of Taurus past Mars, across Gemini and Cancer, and into Leo. Sirius and Procyon remain in the southwest after dusk. Jupiter and Saturn shine in early dawn.

Crescent Moon with Aldebaran and Pleiades, April 15-16, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 9 – 17

Arcturus ascends in the east as Sirius sinks in the southwest. Orion tilts further as the Dipper rides high. And this week Mars threads the horntips of Taurus, closely followed by the crescent Moon.

The waning Moon passes under Saturn and Jupiter at dawn, April 6-7, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, April 2 – 10

Winter stars in the west are giving way to spring stars in the east, while little Mars shines on. Meanwhile, the waning Moon passes under Jupiter and Saturn at dawn.

Saturn and Jupiter at dawn, early April 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 26 – April 3

Fading Mars glows above orange Aldebaran high in the west after dark. Orion tilts into his spring posture, with his belt horizontal. Arcturus climbs up in the east.

Moon and Regulus, March 24-25, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 19 – 27

The waxing Moon shines with Mars and Aldebaran on Friday evening the 19th. From there the Moon marches east day by day – first between the horn stars of Taurus, then across Gemini to sidle up to Castor and Pollux on the 22nd.

Moon passing Mars and Aldebaran, March 18-19, 2021

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, March 12 – 20

The waxing Moon passes between Mars and Aldebaran in the evening sky. Arcturus, the "Spring Star," climbs up in the east, while wintry Orion tilts down in the southwest.

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