Sky Spy

Catch stellar lineups in the evening skies

2013-09-05T00:00:00Z 2013-09-05T09:30:04Z Catch stellar lineups in the evening skiesBy Tim Hunter Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Spica, the 16th brightest star in the sky, is in Virgo the Virgin, which is leaving our evening skies for a while.

The star will be dimmed by its low position in the sky and the twilight, but it will be part of some stellar lineups over the next few days.

To find Spica, first locate Venus in the western sky between 7 and 7:30 p.m. The ever brilliant planet will be about 12 degrees above the horizon. Spica will be slightly below and to the left (south) of Venus (only 1.6 degrees).

Venus and Spica will be delightful in binoculars. Above them and to their left (south) is Saturn.

Try to watch Venus, Spica and Saturn for the next few days. On Saturday evening, between 7:05 and 7:30 if the sky is clear and you have a good western horizon, you will see the very thin 2ƒ-day-old crescent moon, Spica, Venus and Saturn lining up, in that order, from right to left.

There will be a wonderful lineup on Sunday night. The 3ƒ-day-old crescent moon will be less than 3 degrees to the left (south) of Venus. This should be quite a sight in binoculars.

Don’t forget about Spica to the right (north) and more toward the horizon and Saturn even more to the left (south) and higher above the horizon than Venus and the moon.

Contact Tim Hunter at

skyspy@azstarnet.com

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