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Skywatch: Look for the Full Buck Moon

Use the moon to help you find the two largest planets in the solar system as well.

Venus has a date with the lion this week. On Wednesday night it will be very close to Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo. Regulus is one of the brightest stars in the night sky and it’s actually one of four stars that are broken up into two pairs. Look in the western sky at dusk. Mars won’t be far off.

Mercury reaches a milestone on Friday night. At 9:04 p.m. it’ll be nearly 29 million miles from the Sun. This marks its closest point with our star which is known as perihelion.

The Full Moon will arrive shortly thereafter. It’ll be here at 10:37 p.m. on Friday night. This month’s Full Moon is known as the Full Buck Moon because traditionally this is the time of year a buck’s antlers are getting larger. It’s also known as the Full Thunder Moon.

Speaking of the Moon, it has a date with Saturn on Saturday evening. The pair will be very close with Saturn just above & right of our satellite. Jupiter won’t be far off hanging above and left of the pair. Look in the southwestern sky before sunrise. Happy hunting!

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