Moon north of star Antares on July 22 | 7/22/2018 | Bruce McClure
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On July 22, 2018, you’ll find the moon moving through the southernmost constellation of the zodiac, Scorpius the Scorpion. The star Antares, brightest star in Scorpius, often said to described as the Scorpion’s Heart, can be found in the moon’s vicinity. This July 22 moon is in a waxing gibbous phase. It’s moving toward the full phase on July 27. This full moon will move smack-dab through the Earth’s dark shadow, to stage the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century (2001 to 2100).

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In a dark sky, you can see that the starlit band of the Milky Way runs behind Shaula and Lesath in the Tail of Scorpius. Photo by Daniel McVey. Visit his website.

From the perspective of mid-northern latitudes, the Scorpion skitters near the southern horizon during the evening hours, with its fishhook-shaped tail scraping along the ground. It may be difficult to view the J-shaped Scorpion in the glaring moonlight tonight, but it’ll be easier to view the constellation Scorpius in all its starlit majesty by around the time of August’s Perseid meteor shower. Even on this moonlit night, however, Antares, the Scorpion’s brightest star, should be fairly easy to see. It’s a reddish star and one of the brightest in the sky. Antares distinguishes itself by its ruddy color.

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The Scorpion’s nighttime presence tells stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere that Orion the Hunter – sometimes called the ghost of the summer dawn – is nowhere to be found in the night sky. According to star lore, Orion – a man of great beauty and...
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