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Skywatch: Seek out the 'dragon' this week

Draco is high in the sky right now.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — We’ll start the week off with a bright moon. The full moon officially arrives at 6:48 p.m. Monday evening. 

This month’s full moon is called the Full Wolf Moon because this was traditionally the time of year hungry wolves could be heard howling outside of villages. It’s also known as the Full Old Moon.

If you’re out at night, or in the morning for that matter look for the dragon. 

Draco is the eighth largest constellation in the night sky and it can be seen year-round because it’s known as a circumpolar constellation meaning it never sets below the horizon in our location because it’s circling the North Pole. 

In Greek mythology, it represented the dragon that guarded the Garden of Hesperides. It’s also the home of the star Thuban which was the North Star thousands of years ago when the pyramids were being built.

Venus will reach a milestone on Saturday. At 7:33 p.m. in the evening it will be approximately 66.7 million miles from the sun marking its perihelion, or closest point to the sun in the planet’s orbit.

You can find Venus in the morning sky. Look low on the horizon in the southeast in the morning for what appears to be a bright star. Mars won’t be far off. 

Happy hunting!