Skywatch: Look for leftover meteors and a famous galaxy

Look for Perseid leftovers

In the last Skywatch, we talked about the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks every year in mid-August. But here’s the thing about that shower: it’s active for over a month.

Perseids occur from July 17 to August 24 every year. That means if you’re out and about this week far away from the city, look up and you might catch a shooting star. I wouldn’t break my back looking, but if you’re out early, it doesn’t hurt to look up.

Look for Andromeda

One thing you will be able to find when skies cooperate is the Andromeda Galaxy. It’s also known as Messier 31 or M31, after Charles Messier. He was a French astronomer who cataloged 110 deep sky objects back in the 18th century. Use the “Great Square” of Pegasus to help you find it. The two will be in the northeastern sky in the evening and Andromeda will be just left of it.

Last Quarter Moon

The Last Quarter Moon will arrive on Friday morning at 10:56 a.m. That means you’ll be able to spot the half-moon on Friday night.

The Moon meets Taurus

That moon has a date with the bull on Saturday morning when a waning crescent will pass through the constellation of Taurus before dawn. Look for the pair in the southeastern sky before sunrise. Happy hunting!