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Today β€” 22 October 2021Observing – Sky & Telescope

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

As fall proceeds, Jupiter and Saturn shift westward and tilt ever more steeply. Venus gets a little higher and brighter. The waning Moon passes the Pleiades. And as Halloween approaches, Arcturus becomes the Ghost of Summer Suns.

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

The gibbous Moon shines under Jupiter and Saturn, then waxes to full under the Great Square of Pegasus. Cassiopeia stands on end high in the northeast, as Capella glitters far below.

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

The crescent Moon returns to the evening sky, passing Venus, then the Saturn and Jupiter pair. Venus itself passes Delta Sco and then Antares. Auroras may shimmer, the Draconids may sputter; the sky never ceases to call.

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

Venus shines in twilight; watch Antares and the head of Scorpius slide toward it. Check out Jupiter, and hop from Saturn to two binocular double stars. The evenings are dark for deep-sky observing; the waning Moon crosses Leo before dawn.

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October: Three Planets at Dusk

Take advantage of October's crisp, clear evenings and early-arriving dawns to explore the nighttime sky with our audio guided tour.

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, Sept. 24 – Oct. 2

24 September 2021 at 02:21

Jupiter and Saturn shine in the south-southeast at dusk, Venus low in the southwest. They're all close to the ecliptic, so a straight line from Jupiter through Saturn points almost exactly to Venus. Don't believe it? Stretch a string tightly between your hands wide apart, hold it up to the three planets, and see for yourself!

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The Last Wildflowers: Globular Clusters Greet Autumn

21 September 2021 at 05:00

These four globular clusters are easy to find in autumn skies and a perfect way to welcome the season.

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

17 September 2021 at 02:17

The waxing gibbous Moon shines with Jupiter and Saturn on its way to full. And as summer turns to fall, Deneb replaces Vega as the zenith star after dusk.

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Asteroid Pallas Makes a Point in Pisces

15 September 2021 at 07:07

Spice up your fall observing with a dash of Pallas and nibble of Neptune. Both planet and asteroid are easy to spot in a small telescope.

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Amateurs Spot New Impact Flash at Jupiter

14 September 2021 at 11:26

An amateur astronomer has discovered a possible new impact flash in Jupiter's equatorial region. Observers may yet see the dark impact scar.

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

10 September 2021 at 02:07

The evening Moon steps eastward over Scorpius as it waxes through first quarter. All four giant planets await your telescope in early to late evening.

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The Pandemic and Light Pollution

8 September 2021 at 05:00

Student Kathryn Huth set out to conduct astronomical experiments when she noticed that β€” amidst the pandemic β€” she could see more stars in the sky.

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

3 September 2021 at 02:10

Spica glimmers demurely under showy Venus in the western twilight. Try for Mercury way down to their lower right. Jupiter and Saturn dominate the evening south.

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Making Time for Morning Comets

1 September 2021 at 09:11

If you like mixing comets with the quietude of observing in the small hours, September opens with five fuzzy vagabonds just waiting for a visit.

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Summer Triangle Overhead

The calendar might say β€œSeptember,” but now is the perfect time to explore the Summer Triangle. Find your way with this month’s Sky Tour podcast.

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This Week's Sky at a Glance, Aug. 27 – Sept. 4

Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn are all getting a little higher in early evening. Vega passes the zenith soon after dark; Deneb does so two hours later. Andromeda is up in the east.

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

Jupiter and Saturn are just past opposition, so they dominate the sky all night. They inhabit dim Capricornus, which pushes Sagittarius westward. Venus, even showier, owns the western twilight but sets by full darkness.

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The 12-Year Cycle of Jupiter Oppositions

19 August 2021 at 23:00

Jupiter is at opposition on August 19th. If we take the long view β€” 12 years long β€” we can watch Jupiter's oppositions as it passes through the zodiac constellations.

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Jupiter Dazzles at Its Brightest and Closest This Year

18 August 2021 at 08:53

Jupiter comes to opposition on August 20th, when it will shine brighter and closer than at any other time this year. With nights starting earlier and cooler temperatures arriving, there's no better time to make the most of the planet.

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

The Moon waxes from first quarter to gibbous in the evening sky, offering some of its most interesting telescopic aspects. Venus grows more insistent in the western twilight. And Jupiter and especially Saturn pose well in the southeast to south by late evening.

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Learn to Star-hop in the August Sky

11 August 2021 at 06:00

Learn to star-hop your way to celestial treasures in the August sky.

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