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Skywatch: Cool off this summer with an ice cream cone in the sky, also known as Shepherd's Boat | Metro & region



Sunday: Tonight the Moon and the planet Jupiter are in the same region of the sky. At 21.00, the pair is separated by 4 degrees with the bright planet west of the moon.

Monday: In the northeast is our future North Star, Vega tonight. Although we consider Polaris a permanent place in the north, it will not always be that way. Like a spinning top that begins to wobble as it slows down, the earth has a slight wobble in its rotation. This wobble or precession takes 26,000 years to complete a turn. Our North Pole will be closest to Polaris in about 80 years, but you will have to wait about 1

0,000 years for Vega to be our North Star.

Tuesday: The full moon occurs at 8:19 am this morning. The full moon of May is known as the flower-moon, because at this time of year many flowers are abundant and in full bloom. This full moon is also known as corn planting moon.

Wednesday: The beginning of summer is upon us and a great way to fight the heat is an ice cream cone. Tonight you could enjoy an ice cream and see one in the sky. Look high in the eastern sky for the bright, golden star known as Arcturus. Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation Bootes the Shepherd, but this constellation also looks like a giant ice cream cone in the sky. To locate the cone, start at Arcturus and extend two lines north to a pair of stars. These three stars form the cone and above them is a large star arch that forms the ice cream scoop.

Thursday: If you stay up tonight, you can see the moon and Saturn in the eastern sky close to each other. At 11pm, both objects are about 2 degrees above the horizon and separated by 3 degrees. The distance will grow throughout the night and until dawn it will have grown to 4 degrees. Friday: Tonight, look to the east-northeast for an interesting multi-star system.

First, look for Vega, the brightest star in the eastern sky, 30 degrees above the horizon at 10pm. One and a half degrees to the left of Vega is Epsilon Lyra. Epsilon Lyra seems to be an ordinary star, but when you look with binoculars, two stars appear. The stars double again when a telescope with at least 100x magnification is pointed at them. These stars are often referred to as the "double binary stars".

Saturday: Tomorrow morning you can watch the red planet Mars near the moon. When we move into the summer, you have to wake up earlier to discover the morning objects. At 5:30, the Moon and Mars are four degrees apart.


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