This Week’s Sky At a Glance

Check out Sky & Telescope’s weekly observing update, Sky at a Glance, published every Friday. Not only do we provide simple sky maps and observing tips for the upcoming week, we also keep you up to date on the latest celestial events.

A winter article might focus on the dazzling Orion Nebula, where thousands of stars are forming in the cloud of gas and dust, only 1,300 light-years away. A spring article could guide you through the small patch of sky in the constellations Cygnus, Lyra, and Draco where the Kepler Space Telescope has found more than 1,000 exoplanets. And a summer article might be bombarded with meteors from the stunning Perseids, which grace us with their presence every August, while a fall article might highlight the lucky alignment of two planets in the evening sky.

No matter the week, take a look at Sky at a Glance to catch up on celestial current events.

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, October 28 – November 5

Friday, October 28 • In twilight this evening, Saturn, brilliant Venus, and Antares form a nearly vertical, curving line low in the southwest — in that order top to bottom. Yesterday they formed an almost straight line. Watch their configuration change rapidly this week, as Venus speeds eastward (upper left) with respect to the other…

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, September 16 – 24

Friday, September 16 • Full Moon (exact at 3:05 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). As night comes on, look for the Great Square of Pegasus to the Moon's upper left. The Square, a little larger than your fist held at arm's length, stands on one corner. • A fairly deep penumbral (fringe) eclipse of the Moon…