Tonight: Moon and Spica

Take a look at the moon tonight (Monday, July 15). You will notice that it is very close to a bright star. This is the star Spica, and you may remember the moon passing by there last month. This month the moon is nearly on top of Spica, and indeed, for some observers in Hawaii, Central America, and South America, it will completely cover the star!

The moon will still be close to Spica tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 15), but it will actually be closer to the planet Saturn. Saturn will be above and to the right of the moon, and Spica will be further to the right.

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