THE STARS THIS WEEK

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Chart Time: 8:30 p.m. Sun­day

Perseus the Hero is well placed for view­ing dur­ing mid evening. High­light­ing this an­cient con­stel­la­tion is Al­gol, a vari­able star that changes bright­ness over a reg­u­lar ba­sis, nick­named the Wink­ing De­mon.

Mon­day

Dur­ing morn­ing twi­light, the cres­cent moon slips north of blaz­ing bright blue white Venus. Cur­rently, the planet’s huge phase shape can be seen through small tele­scopes.

Tues­day

Taurus the Bull is well placed for view­ing dur­ing early evening. Taurus is the home of M-45, the fa­mous Pleiades or Seven Sis­ters star clus­ter. This is a group of young stars best seen us­ing binoc­u­lars or low­pow­ered tele­scopes.

Wed­nes­day

Saturn re­mains vis­i­ble, low in the south­west af­ter sun­set. Small tele­scopes will show off the planet’s fa­mous rings.

Thurs­day

Sharp-eyed stargaz­ers with binoc­u­lars can look for the slim cres­cent moon to slide north­east of pink red Mer­cury, very low in the south­east, dur­ing morn­ing twi­light.

Week­end

Red Mars re­mains vis­i­ble in the south af­ter sun­set. This is a great time to search for deep sky ob­jects, and faint con­stel­la­tions that are seen in our fall skies.

Turn chart to the di­rec­tion you are view­ing.View Look­ing South

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