Skywatch: It's still summer but you can find a famous winter feature in the sky.

Skywatch: It's still summer but you can find a famous winter feature in the sky.
The "Winter Circle"
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The moon passes through an old friend early this week. The “Winter Circle” is an asterism that consists of some of the brightest stars in the nighttime winter sky. It’s visible right now before sunrise but and the moon will pass through it on Monday & Tuesday mornings. It’ll play a more prominent role in our sky in the months to come.

Courtesy: NASA

Mars reaches a milestone on Tuesday as well. At about 9 p.m. the Red Planet will be about 154.9 million miles from the sun. This will mark the planet’s aphelion, or point when it is farthest from our home star.

The New Moon arrives Friday

The New Moon will arrive on Friday morning at 6:37 a.m. This means we’ll see less light pollution in the sky as the week wears on and that means we’ll see that many more stars as a result.

The New Moon is a Supermoon

The New Moon coincides with the lunar perigee this month. At 11:53 a.m. on Friday our moon will be 221,939 miles from the Earth. Because the New Moon occurs so close to the perigee we can call it a Supermoon. In fact, this will be the closest New Moon Supermoon of 2019. You won’t see much impact but it will affect our ocean coastlines in the form of higher high tides. Happy hunting!