Moon between Antares and Saturn | 7/23/2018 | Deborah Byrd
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On July 23, 2018, you’ll find the waxing gibbous moon in between two objects that look stars. One is, and one isn’t. The two are the planet Saturn and the star Antares, which is the brightest light in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Will they look to you as they do on our chart at top? Only if you happen to be in the central U.S. From other locations around the globe, you might see the moon closer to Antares, or closer to Saturn. Or you might see the trio oriented differently in the sky. All of us, though, will see Saturn and Antares near the July 23 moon, assuming clear skies.

On either side of this scene – outside the boundaries of our chart – there are two even brighter objects. They are the planets Jupiter and Mars. The moon is in the process moving past Jupiter, then Saturn, then Mars in our sky, as shown on the chart below:

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A super fun opportunity to view Mars will come in late July, 2018, when the bright moon sweeps past it. On July 27 – when Earth sweeps between the sun and Mars, bringing Mars to opposition in our sky – we’ll also be sweeping between the sun and moon at full moon. In fact – at this July, 2018 full moon – we’ll go directly between them, creating the longest total lunar eclipse of this century. Read more.

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