The Heat is still hard to handle in the evening @ ten pm (90°). August is ending with way too many 100+ days. Scanning the sky this past week has been warm, to say the least. It has been a long, HOT Summer! September should bring a change in our weather pattern!? Young astronomers are back in School and time review the eight Planets in our solar system. I say eight, because Pluto did not make the cut five years ago. A current Target TV commercial reminds us of that fact. ”The Sad little planet that was” (Great Back to School clip).
Planets in the Night Sky this Week:
Mercury is an easy target this week, look in Leo before dawn. Mars, in the constellation Gemini, glides near the Twins. Jupiter is still bright for those who are willing to start observing the Planet before midnight. In September find the giant planet in the constellation Aries/Cetus. Uranus, at magnitude 5.7, can be viewed with binoculars, anchored in the constellation Pisces.
The Great Square of Pegasus is in the east. Andromeda soon follows the flying horse to be in a good position to observe M31 and the double star Almach. Cassiopeia is in the northeast as the Big Dipper goes down in the northwest. This area is rich in stars, locate the star cluster NGC 457, called ET. A great find in a scope's FOV. Capella, one of the brightest stars in the sky, shines in the northeast. Friday night find the Coathanger and look for that Comet again. The Moon will brighten for the weekend and be in first quarter Sunday. We are looking forward to some cooler nights in September!
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