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  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, July 1 – 9 1 July 2022
    The Moon waxes across the evening sky from Leo to Scorpius. The five-planet lineup in the dawn is now four. And amateur astronomers plan to be recording as Saturn's hazy moon Titan occult a star about as bright as Titan itself for most of North America. The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, July […]
    Alan MacRobert
  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 24 – July 2 24 June 2022
    The crescent Moon returns to the evening, crossing Leo. The five-planet lineup continues at dawn; catch it while you still can. And for skywatchers at northern latitudes, we're entering noctilucent cloud season. The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 24 – July 2 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert
  • Solar System Gets its Ducks in a Row 20 June 2022
    We'll have not one but many opportunities to enjoy a rare lineup of the bright planets over the next few weeks. Amazingly, they'll be aligned in order of their distance from the Sun. The post Solar System Gets its Ducks in a Row appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Bob King
  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 17 – 25 17 June 2022
    The five naked-eye planets form a diagonal line in the dawn this week — in order of their distance from the Sun, no less. And the waning Moon visits each one in turn, day by day. The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 17 – 25 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert
  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 10 – 18 10 June 2022
    The waxing gibbous Moon shines with Spica, then occults Delta Scorpii. Meanwhile, all seven planets other than Earth are forming into a diagonal line across the east to southeast at dawn. The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 10 – 18 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert
  • Tau Herculid Meteors Surprise and Delight 8 June 2022
    We touch on the highlights of the memorable Tau Herculid meteor shower and also report on the recent outburst of the recurrent nova U Scorpii. The post Tau Herculid Meteors Surprise and Delight appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Bob King
  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 3 – 11 3 June 2022
    For three nights running, the waxing Moon will pose equidistant from the two brightest stars of Leo. The Cassiopeia W lies exactly level in the north. And for that to happen, Kochab has to be straight above Polaris. The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, June 3 – 11 appeared first on Sky & […]
    Alan MacRobert
  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 27 – June 4 27 May 2022
    The crescent Moon passes Pollux and Castor in the western twilight. Jupiter aligns with Mars in the dawn, then they edge apart. And a strong new meteor shower will either happen or it won't! The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 27 – June 4 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Alan MacRobert
  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 20 – 28 20 May 2022
    The advancing spring sends Vega high and Capella low. The Coma Berenices cluster glitters shyly way up, big and dim. Glance up anytime to check on changing Beta Lyrae. And now in the dawn, Jupiter aligns with Mars. The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, May 20 – 28 appeared first on Sky & […]
    Alan MacRobert
  • Witness a Total Lunar Eclipse on Sunday, May 15–16 15 May 2022
    The full Flower Moon ducks inside Earth's shadow in a total lunar eclipse this month. We help you prepare for all the highlights of the special event. The post Witness a Total Lunar Eclipse on Sunday, May 15–16 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
    Bob King