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June 19, 2024

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Stargazing

  • Moon and Antares

    Antares, the orange supergiant star that marks the heart of Scorpius, the scorpion, huddles quite close to the Moon at nightfall, with the gap closing as the night goes on.


  • Doomed Giants

    Three bright stars in this evening’s sky have a lot in common. Deneb, Antares, and Spica are among the biggest, brightest, and heaviest stars in the galaxy, and each will end its life with a titanic explosion known as a supernova.


  • Guardian Stars

    The stars that mark the outer edge of the Little Dipper are known as the Guardians of the Pole. That’s because they are not far from the Pole Star, Polaris. They circle around Polaris all night, every night, like guards on patrol.


Moon Phases

At the new Moon phase, the Moon is so close to the Sun in the sky that none of the side facing Earth is illuminated (position 1 in illustration). In other words, the Moon is between Earth and Sun. At first quarter, the half-lit Moon is highest in the sky at sunset, then sets about six hours later (3). At full Moon, the Moon is behind Earth in space with respect to the Sun. As the Sun sets, the Moon rises with the side that faces Earth fully exposed to sunlight (5).

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