August 27-29 MARS has been on the move all summer. If you have been watching it over the last few months, you will remember that Mars was well to the right of SATURN in June and sped past the star Spica in July. A few nights ago (during one of Chicago’s recent thunderstorms, no doubt), Mars finally… Read More Skywatching: Slipping by Saturn
The annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tomorrow (Tuesday) night and early Wednesday morning. Due to the bright glow of the city lights, it’s unusual to see more than one or two meteors per hour anywhere in Chicago. Making things worse this year is the nearly full Moon (Supermoon!), keeping the skies bright during peak viewing… Read More Perseid Meteor Shower: Don’t Expect Fireworks
Tomorrow night, August 10: SUPERMOON. That is, the Moon is full and it is near the point in its orbit where it is closest to Earth. Thus, it looks larger than usual. I’ve posted this video from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center before: It’s a great visualization of how the Moon not only changes in… Read More Supermoon!
Spica, Mars, Saturn, and More Look to the southwest after sunset over the next few nights and you will find a parade of planets and stars. Spica, Mars, and Saturn form a diagonal line in the southwest after sunset this week. (Screen capture of Star Walk for iOS) Farthest west and lowest is the blue-white… Read More Skywatching: August 6-7