In the Sky this Week – August 29, 2017

The eastern sky before sunrise is getting busy! Venus is accompanied by several bright stars, and the easily recognizable constellation of Orion is higher each morning; winter stars are on their way! There will be a conjunction of Saturn and the Moon in the southern sky on the nights of the 29th and 30th; the first quarter moon will be very close to Saturn, and likely wash it out a bit when observing through a telescope. The Constellation Cygnus is overhead after sunset, and the star Albireo, makes for a very interesting object through a small telescope. To the naked eye, Albireo appears to be a single star; in a telescope, it resolves into a beautiful gold and blue double star. Tip: If you slightly unfocus your telescope when observing Albireo, the colors will spread out, and you can see them a bit better. It is unknown if Albireo is a true binary star, or an “optical double” – a … Continue reading