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August 31 2014 Moon Mars Saturn conjunction
August 31 2014 Moon Mars Saturn conjunction
D. Tondreau

Nature will be putting on a spectacle Sunday evening August 31 you don’t want to miss, a triple conjunction or grouping of the Moon, Saturn, and Mars.

Tonight, if you look to the west south west tonight after sunset you will see two fairly bright stars close together above the horizon. The low one is Mars. Above and right is Saturn. Both are in the constellation of Libra. That bright star to the upper right of the pair is Arcturus in the constellation Bootes. To the left of the pair is the red tinted star Antares on the constellation Scorpius. Antares is at red super giant often referred to as the rival of Mars. Mars also has a red tint. See if you can notice to color in both.

On August 26 the Moon is too close to the Sun to be seen. Start looking for a very thin crescent moon on Thursday August 28 just after sunset below and right of Saturn and Mars. Watch the Moon over the next two evenings as it approaches Saturn and Mars. On August 29 the Moon will be next to Spica in the constellation Virgo.

Wishing you clear skies