June 19, 2021: The waxing moon appears with Spica in the southwestern sky during the early evening hours.
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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November 8, 2021: Brilliant Evening Star and the crescent moon shine among the stars of Sagittarius after sunset. Bright Mercury is a challenging view before sunrise.
November 7, 2021: During the early evening Venus and the moon group together in the southwest.
November 6, 2021: The midpoint of Autumn occurs today.
November 3, 2021: Before sunrise speedy planet Mercury, the crescent moon, and the star Spica are grouped together. The trio does not appear this close together again until 2033.
October 31, 2021: There is no Halloween Full moon this year, and the phase is not close. The crescent moon is in the morning sky. Mercury is low in the east-southeast before sunrise. The planet pack – Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter – gleam in the evening sky.