This week, the Moon meets with Mars. The Red Planet will also experience a solstice and the start of its northern winter.
This week is excellent for lunar gazing as the Moon waxes and passes Jupiter and Saturn.
It’s a quiet week — but you can use the New Moon time to take a good look at the stars.
After the Perseids peak August 11-12, a double shadow transit on Jupiter and the crescent Moon passing close to Venus bring excitement to the weekend.
In this week’s sky, a Full Moon that wanes and meets Mars, and Comet NEOWISE passes close to Messier 53.
As the Southern Delta Aquariids peak, Venus passes CE Tauri and the Moon passes Jupiter and Saturn.
Comet NEOWISE climbs higher in evening sky, Saturn reaches opposition and Mercury reaches greatest western elongation.
May your skies be clear to see these astronomical events. Comet NEOWISE will be visible in the evening this week, Jupiter and Pluto both reach opposition, and the crescent Moon visits Venus.
This week was set to be relatively quiet, but Comet NEOWISE had other plans. Also look for some close astronomical passes over the weekend.