Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Awesome night sky now - 5 PLANETS 45 MINUTES AFTER SUNSET!
You have a chance to see all five bright planets – the planets observed by our ancestors since time immemorial – togethershortly after sunset in late July and the first few weeks of August 2016. In their order outward from the sun, these bright worlds are Mercury, Venus, (Earth), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The alignment of the planetary parade – as seen from west to east across our sky, from all points on Earth – is as follows: Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.
AMAZING PLUS A NEAR FULL MOON! AND ANTARES IS A RED SUPERGIANT STAR THAT LOOKS SIMILAR TO MARS!
Antares (//), also known by its Bayer designation Alpha Scorpii (abbreviated to α Scorpii or α Sco), isthe fifteenth brightest star in the night sky and the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius, and is often referred to as "the heart of the scorpion". Along with Aldebaran, Regulus, and Fomalhaut, Antares comprises the group known as the 'Royal stars of Persia'. It is one of the four brightest stars near the ecliptic.
Distinctly reddish when viewed with the unaided eye, Antares is a red supergiant of spectral type M0.5Iab and is one of the largest and most luminous observable stars. It is a slow irregular variable star with the quotedmagnitude of +0.96. Antares is the brightest, most massive, and most evolved stellar member of the nearestOB association (the Scorpius-Centaurus Association). Antares is a member of the Upper Scorpius subgroup of the Scorpius-Centaurus Association, which contains thousands of stars with mean age 11 million years at a distance of approximately 145 parsecs (470 light years).