We will once again enjoy another clear, calm and cool night. So if you are looking for something to do on this Wednesday night, why not go outside and do a little star-gazing? As an added bonus, you’ll be able to view two of our solar system’s planets!
Look up into the south-southwest sky after sunset with the moon as your guide. The planet Saturn will be visible up and to the right of the waxing gibbous moon. A little more to the right and higher in the sky will be the faint red glow of Mars. These two planets will remain visible until about midnight or one o’clock.
Looking ahead, the next full moon occurs Friday night into Saturday morning (officially at 6:26am Saturday, July 12th). This full moon will be a supermoon! What is a supermoon, you might ask? It is a full moon that occurs while the moon is the closest distance to Earth on its orbit around Earth. This means that the moon will look larger than normal. Unfortunately, we may have a hard time seeing this supermoon. Keep and eye on the forecast, because cloudcover may keep us in the dark.
This post was written by Joe Astolfi on July 9, 2014