Flip the Sky!

3 June 9:30 pm CDT and 3 August 5:30 am CDT

3 June 9:30 pm CDT and 3 August 5:30 am CDT

   It is one thing to write about celestial events but it is an entirely different ‘thing’ when my local sky has been overcast every evening since I started writing posts about the 3 planets in the evening sky at sunset. Now it is actually only dos amigos if you go out when it is a little darker because Jupiter has set or is very low and difficult to see. This week looks no better with rain forecast for the next 2-3 days. (Insert a long sigh)
   With that in mind I started looking for other opportunities during this summer that were more or less comparable to the viewing this evening, 3 June. And I found that by flipping the sky, sort of, there will be a 3 Amigos opportunity before sunrise during the first few days of August, and coincidently in the same area at the feet of the Gemini Twins. So on 3 August go outside facing toward the east to see Gemini rising with (from top to bottom) Jupiter, Mars, and Mercury – with an added bonus of the a thin waning crescent Moon.

   But my wife as well as my Astronomy class students know that if I start talking about a viewing opportunity it will probably be cloudy, or there will be precipitation!

   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information.

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