Southern Cross Stargazer for July 21-27, 2013

 

Sunday

By nightfall brilliant Venus, Evening Star, glows 1 degree above Regulus (elbow) of Leo, Lion stalking the western horizon. They set by mid-evening. Silver Saturn drifts east from Spica in the south-southwest. Both are in Virgo and set around midnight. Corvus, Crow, flies onto the southwestern horizon. The stars of Libra twinkle in the south. Huge Scorpius crawls into the south. Antares, a bright supergiant, is the red heart in the Scorpion’s torso. The Sagittarian Teapot (center of our galaxy) closely follows Scorpius. From the edge of the solar system dim Pluto hides above the Teapot. Binoculars reveal star clusters, nebulas, etc. shimmering in the dense center of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Capricornus, Sea Goat, rises in the southeast. Overhead, Hercules leads Vega, in Lyra the Harp, and the vast Summer Triangle higher in the northeast. The three point stars of the Triangle: Deneb north, Altair south and bright Vega west. Cygnus, Swan, soars within the Triangle. The Summer Milky Way (River of Stars) arches from the Teapot to the Triangle. Corona Borealis, stellar necklace, follows ruddy Arcturus, Herdsman, westward. The Big Dipper swings into the northwest. Its bowl aligns with Polaris, North Star — the tip of the Little Dipper’s handle. Mid-evening dim Neptune sails across the southeast in Aquarius. Late evening Queen Cassiopeia arrives in the north-northeast, lower left of Deneb. Pegasus, Winged Horse, lifts higher in the east. The Royal Family arrives in the northeast.

Monday

About 6 a.m. the full moon sets in the west. Aim binoculars to the east-northeast. Dim ruddy Mars dances 0.8 degrees from bright golden Jupiter above Mercury. Three planets rise in Gemini. Capella guides Auriga, Charioteer, higher in the northeast. The Royal Family reigns in the north. The Gemini Twins appear in the northeast. The Seven Sisters (Pleiades star cluster) shimmer above Aldebaran in the Hyades cluster in Taurus, Bull. Orion, Hunter, snoozes on the eastern horizon. Aries, Ram, chases Pegasus toward the Zenith. Blue-green Uranus floats across the southeast in Pisces, Fish. Neptune lies above Fomalhaut in the south. Vega leads the Summer Triangle into the northwest.

The Thunder Moon is full at 2:16 p.m. At dusk the bright moon rises in the southeast in Capricornus.

Friday

Florida International University and Southern Cross astronomers host the annual Key West event starting at 8 p.m. in the CP-145 lecture hall, Physics Building, Modesto Maidique campus. Astronomy program and update of the FIU campus observatory with free Key lime pies, sodas, prizes, Margaritaville music in CP-145 and Star Party on the observation deck. Park in the Red campus garage west side of Southwest 109th Avenue and Eighth 8 Street and proceed across the patio of the new medical building to CP-145. Accessible to the disabled. No reservations. Call FIU at 305-348-3964.

Compiled by Barb Yager, Southern Cross Astronomical Society, 305-661-1375, scas.org

Read more Lifestyle stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
The work 'IMAG_NE' by Australian artist Emma Anna, coming to Boca Raton this fall, on display in Sydney, Australia in 2008.

    Florida notes

    It’s the season to see Key Deer

    Dear to the hearts of many are the miniature deer that exist only in the Florida Keys. Fully grown, these Key Deer stand only two to three feet high, but resemble their bigger siblings in every respect: Stags grow a full set of antlers, does charm with their limpid eyes.

  • wine

    It’s time to give syrah another shot

    Speaking of a St. Louis restaurant years ago, Yogi Berra famously said, “Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.”

  • Dear Abby

    Dear Abby: Obsession over six-pack abs puts swimmer in unsafe water

    Dear Abby: I’m a 21-year-old man who has been a successful swimmer in high school and now in college. Over the past few months, I have become obsessed with developing six-pack abs. I have never had much success with women, and I thought that looking like a movie star might finally get me noticed and make me feel good about myself.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category