THE STARS THIS WEEK

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Sun­day-Mon­day

Late in the evening on Sun­day and early Mon­day morn­ing there will oc­cur a to­tal eclipse of the moon over South Florida. The full moon dur­ing to­tal­ity phase will shine di­rectly over­head when viewed from Mi­ami.

The par­tial phase of the eclipse will start at 10:33 p.m., with the lower left cor­ner of the moon be­gin­ning to darken, To­tal­ity starts at 11:41 p.m, with the moon com­pletely changed to a cop­pery, red shade. To­tal­ity ends at 12:43 a.m. The eclipse ends at 1:50 a.m.

Plan on view­ing from a lawn chair, or a blan­ket on the ground. Un­like so­lar eclipses, you don’t need safety fil­ters or any spe­cial equip­ment to watch the eclipse. No­tice how many more stars are vis­i­ble dur­ing to­tal­ity.

Tues­day

Dur­ing mid evening, the moon slips above the bright blue-white star, Reg­u­lus, the bright­est mem­ber of Leo the Lion.

Wed­nes­day-Thurs­day

Blaz­ing blue white Venus, and dim­mer but bright yel­low Jupiter, hud­dle to­gether in the south­east be­fore dawn. Tele­scopes will re­veal the phase shape of Venus and Jupiter’s four largest moons.

Week­end

The moon passes to the north of bright blue Spica early Satur­day morn­ing. This star is the most bril­liant ob­ject in Virgo.

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

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