July 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Southern Cross Stargazer for July 27-Aug. 2, 2014

By nightfall ruddy Mars and silver Saturn drift close in the southwest. Mars lies between Spica (right) in Virgo and Saturn (left) in Libra. Leo, the Lion, ambles onto the western horizon. Huge Scorpius crawls across the south. Bright Antares, a red supergiant, is the heart beating in the Scorpion's torso. The Sagittarian Teapot closely follows Scorpius. The stellar Teaspoon glistens above the left handle of the Teapot. The two major southern constellations lie in the center of our Milky Way Galaxy among a myriad of nebulas, star clusters and galaxies.

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