Hello Sky Watchers!
We had a Full Moon on Sunday the 24th, so now it's down the waning path until Last Quarter next week. This week will be a good time to do some Moon observing with a small backyard telescope. Even with a pair of regular binoculars you should be able to see lots of detail on the Lunar surface.
This week, Venus gets a new neighbor to its upper left high up in the western sky; it is the bright star Arcturus. Also, if you look far to the upper right of Venus you should see the Big Dipper as it glimmers into view.
Regulus is now hanging low on the western horizon at about 1/2º to the upper right of planet Mercury during sunset. To spot them it is best to look for them with binoculars as they appear to the right and below Venus half hour after the sun goes down.
With a telescope you may be able to see the Turtle Nebula, or NGC 6210 which lies in the Hercules constellaton. You can find Hercules up high in the sky in the evenings by looking for its brightest stars, which form a small square with four long legs sticking out of it. It les right next to the Corona Borealis constellation, which forms the famous wide "U" pattern. The Turtle Nebula is below the square shape and to the left of the bottom right "leg". On the upper rigth side of the square wall you can also see a beautiful star cluster, M13.
Mars is still visible on the west after dusk appearing quite small and reddish. It lies little below and to the left of Saturn. The two planets can be found by looking somewhere to the upper left from bright Venus. Their position will vary throughout the week as the planets move, but they should be around that vicinity.
Jupiter comes up at around 11:00 pm. and shines brilliantly in the eastern sky. At dawn it can be found in the southern sky still looking bright and shiny.
Look up and smile!
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