Venus Meets A Star

   Low over the western horizon after sunset on Sunday September 18th is the inner planet Venus within 2-3o from the blue-white star Spica in the constellation Virgo the Harvest Maiden. This would make for a striking duo when viewed with binoculars. Off to the west is Mars, Saturn, and the reddish star Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion.
   For those familiar with the mnemonic “Follow the arc to Arcturus, then speed to Spica”, look up toward the northwest for the reddish star Arcturus in Bootes the Herdsman to at least see the last part of the mnemonic.

   
   
   

Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for monthly observing information, or here to go to bobs-spaces.

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