It is getting hotter! Triple digits are on the way, but the forecast has several clear nights ahead in the coming week. We have a few nights to scan the sky and observe before the moon gets too bright. Arcturus, the brightest star of the northern hemisphere is to the southeast of the Big Dipper. In the northeast find the semi-circle of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, which lies between Arcturus's Bootes (which stretches like a kite to the north-northeast) and the pair of boxes that makes central Hercules.
Vega is in the east, next in view is Altair. Close by is Delphinus the leaping Dolphin. A small constellation but the
asterism is easy to pick out. Popularly
in England Delphinus
is now Job’s Coffin [Allen, Star
Names]. A pithos is a jar that is womb-like in shape.
Anything could be placed in a pithos; however, they were used primarily for
grains, seeds, wine and oil. In many ancient Helladic burials, the pithos was used as a coffin.
Tonight look for Mars in the west. Our First-quarter Moon is Tuesday evening (exact at 11:30 p.m. EDT). The Moon shines in Virgo.
Thursday, look for Saturn and Spica to the right of the waxing gibbous Moon.
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