Moon, Mars, and Spica
On this Fourth of July weekend, many will be looking to the skies for fireworks displays. On Saturday, July 5, you can also see a close grouping of three easily seen celestial objects: the first quarter Moon, the planet Mars, and the star Spica. By about 9:30 pm CDT or so, it should be dark enough to see all three in the southwestern sky. You can’t miss them. Mars and Spica are similar in brightness, but Mars has an orange-red tint while Spica appears blue-white. As a bonus, you can also see the planet Saturn, farther to their left.