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Six Sky Events Happening This Week!
1 ) (Already happened!!) 30 minutes after sunset on Monday, Oct. 27, check the low southwest for the waxing crescent moon with orange-hued Mars to its left. By the 28th at night, the moon will have risen above Mars. 2) Mars will appear next to the famed Lagoon Nebula (picture 2!) which is part of Sagittarius. The nebula is visible with binoculars to the lower right of Mars. Also known as Messier 8, the giant star factory resides about 5,200 light-years from Earth. It is even visible as a hazy oval path in binoculars. 3) On Thursday, October 30, the first quarter moon will sit next to the double stars in the Capricorn, the Sea Goat! (see image 3!) This wide double star some 330 light-years away is faintly visible with the naked eye, but it really is best seen with binoculars. 4) On Halloween Night, October 31, the moon will be directly between the bright star Fomalhaut in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish, and the bright summer star Altair, in the constellation Aquila, the Eagle. (see image 4!) 5) On Sat. Nov 1, watch at dawn to find Mercury for its best morning look! On that day, it reaches its farthest separation from the sun, lying 19 degrees west of the sun and appearing about 9 degrees (less than the width of your fist held at arm's length) above the southeast horizon about 45 minutes before local sunrise. 6) On Sunday, November 2, Mars will be parked next to the globular star cluster Messier 28 in the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer. (see image 5) Happy hunting!
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