What to See in the Sky This Week: Stargazing Suggestions

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The Planets of the week

On August 17, speedy little Mercury reached superior solar conjunction, sliding past the Sun on the far side of the solar system. It will become visible again in the western post-sunset sky this week — but the low angle of the evening ecliptic will keep Mercury very close to the horizon for everyone living at mid-northern latitudes. If you view it from near the equator, or in the Southern Hemisphere, Mercury will put on a great show for you in September! If you’re game to look for it, the best time window falls around 8:15 p.m. local time.

The Moon visits bright stars and gas giants

This will be a fantastic week to enjoy the views of the Moon all around the world. Our natural satellite officially reaches its first quarter phase on Tuesday. At first quarter, the Moon always rises around noon and sets around midnight, so it is also visible in the afternoon daytime sky.



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