2021, June 19: Evening Sky, Moon, Spica

June 19, 2021: The waxing moon appears with Spica in the southwestern sky during the early evening hours.

2021, June 19: An hour after sunset, the waxing gibbous moon is 5.1° above the star Spica, the brightest in the constellation Virgo.
Chart Caption – 2021, June 19: An hour after sunset, the waxing gibbous moon is 5.1° above the star Spica, the brightest in the constellation Virgo.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Step outside about an hour after sunset this evening.  The bright moon, over 70% illuminated, is above the star Spica, the brightest in Virgo.  To see the star, it might be necessary to hold up your hand in front of the moon to block our the lunar light, as you would to block out the sun.

Spica’s name means the “ear of corn.” The star is distinctly blue in color.

The lunar orb sets about two hours after midnight.  By this hour, Saturn and Jupiter are easily visible in the southeastern sky.

Tomorrow evening, the moon is farther eastward toward the classic Scorpion and its brightest star Antares – “the rival of Mars.”  In the sky that’s to the left from its position this evening.

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August 9, 2021: After the New moon yesterday morning, the crescent moon appears in the evening sky during bright twilight near Mars.

2021, May 13: Brilliant Venus, Mercury, and the crescent moon in the evening sky.

2021, August 3: Four Evening Planets: Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter

August 3, 2021:  Four planets appear in the evening sky.  Brilliant Evening Star Venus and dim Mars are in the west after sunset.  A little later during the evening, Saturn and Jupiter are easily visible in the southeast.

Saturn (NASA)

2021, August 2: Saturn at Opposition

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2020, July 17: The crescent moon appears near Venus before sunrise. The night portion of the moon is gently illuminated by earthshine.

2021: August 1 – 6: Morning Moon, Bright Stars

August 1 – 6, 2021:  The morning moon wanes toward its New moon phase in the eastern sky.  It passes the bright stars that are prominent in the evening sky during the winter season in the northern hemisphere.  The stars have been making their first appearances in the morning sky during summer.  At this hour, Procyon and bright Sirius are the last stellar duo to appear.

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