Moon and Antares

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   This evening after sunset look southwest for the now past first quarter Moon. The waxing gibbous Moon will be above and somewhat to the left from a reddish star called Antares. This is the heart of the constellation of Scorpius the Scorpion. The Moon and Antares will be just within the field of view when using 7×50 binoculars. To the east from the stinger of the Scorpion is the teapot asterism, the brighter stars making up the constellation of Sagittarius the Archer. Over the next several days the waxing gibbous Moon will pass by the teapot.
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   On nights when the Moon light does not brighten the sky and your sky is dark enough the glow of the Milky Way appears like steam rising from the teapot. And if you have never ‘cruised’ the Milky Way with a pair of binoculars, and especially just above the spout of the teapot then you are missing some amazing celestial sites. Click here to see a black/white rendition of the area just above the spout of the teapot within the field of view of 7×50 binoculars.

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

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