Skywatch: The moon passes through Taurus and the Perseids are ramping up

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If you’re out early in the day early on Monday or Tuesday look in the eastern sky before daybreak. You’ll see a waning crescent moon passing through Taurus, the bull.

On Monday morning the moon will be just below the famous asterism “The Pleiades” and close to Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation.

It won’t be long before the bull is high in the sky in the evenings. By then the heat of summer will be but a distant memory in our minds.

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The moon will reach its closest point to Earth in its orbit on Friday afternoon when the lunar perigee occurs at 2:07 p.m. It’ll be 222,500 away from the Earth at that point.

Normally the lunar perigee isn’t a big deal but because it occurs so close to the New Moon, which is at 5:58 a.m. on Saturday morning we can call it a supermoon.

Courtesy: NASA

Sadly, you won’t be able to see this. That is unless you’re far north of our area where a partial solar eclipse will take place on Saturday.

Folks at the “top of the world” will be treated to this one. Maximum eclipse is expected at around 5:46 a.m. local time.

Courtesy: timeanddate.com

According to timeanddate.com above is what people near the eclipse maximum will see if they’re protecting their eyes.

The New Moon has perfect timing the Perseid meteor shower! It officially peaks early next week but the shower is active from mid-July until about August 24. It’s most active between midnight and dawn but slow-moving meteors have been seen in the evening hours as well.

Bottom line, if you’re out Friday or Saturday night look in the sky and you may catch some meteors from what some say is the best meteor shower of the year. If you can get to a darker sky viewing will be that much better.

We’ll have more on the Perseids in next week’s Skywatch so keep your eyes peeled for that. Happy hunting!