Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT: 8/3-5 Moon, Planets & Regulus

Hey Space Placers!

The Shenandoah National Park Night Sky Festival was a HUGE SUCCESS! Over 2,000 guests attended the four days and nights of activities and the sky cooperated with wonderful views of the Milky Way and planets. On Friday night we had over 400 people looking at the sky!

Starting tomorrow night at sunset there will be a nice line up of the star Regulus, Mercury and Venus in the Western sky. Binoculars will help you see the trio. This view will be enhanced over the following days by the Waxing Crescent Moon as it appears in the sky.

Credit: Sky & Telescope
Right now you can see all 5 visible planets - Mars and Saturn are in the South as the sky gets dark. It is also THE time to get out under dark skies and see the Milky Way as it stands in the South and passes directly overhead.

Summer Milky Way at Shenandoah National Park
Credit: G. Redfern

Sky Guy in VA

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