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What’s that in the Sky? August 2011 August 1, 2011

Posted by Kerry in Astrology, Astronomy.
Bracken House - London
Image by Remko van Dokkum via Flickr

For all you night owls

Saturn is low on the western horizon and follows the Sun so he is slowly sinking and will disappear early evening. Let the Moon be your guide and look at the crescent Moon close by on the 4th August. The brightest star in this corner of the sky is Spica which is the wheat in the hands of the constellation of the Virgin. I just love the dramatic Scorpion who will be clearly visible overhead with his stinger curving away to the right. Turn around to see the Southern Cross lying a little to the right. The two brightest stars in this corner of the sky will point to it and are known as, wait for it…… the pointers!


For all you early birds

The bright star nearly overhead is Jupiter. The red twinkle of Mars will slowly rise in the dawn before the sun comes up. Half way between Mars and Jupiter is the bright star Aldebaran in the eye of Taurus the bull. Look nearby to see the Pleiades, a hazy cluster also known as the seven sisters situated in his shoulder. Yes, the star pictures are upside down to us.

On the 21st the quarter Moon will be next to Jupiter and on the 26th the Moon will be next to Mars.


News from the Stars

Time Zone AEST

3rd Aug Mercury goes Retrograde in Virgo

5th Neptune enters Aquarius

8th Aug Mercury enters Leo

14th Aug Full Moon in Aquarius at 5am

22nd Aug Venus enters Virgo

23rd Aug Sun enters Virgo

25th Mars Square Saturn Cancer to Libra

27th Aug Mercury goes direct

29th Aug New Moon in Virgo at 1pm

30th Jupiter goes retrograde




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