The moon glides through the mythical scorpion’s claw and appears at its largest in the heavens for 2014.
Their distinct color differences—orange hues for Mars, yellowish for Saturn, and blue-white for Spica—make them a stunning trio.
Of course if you have a backyard telescope – go ahead and check out those amazing rings around Saturn and the polar cap of Mars.
Moon and Antares. By the next evening, Tuesday, August 5, the moon will have glided toward the south to perch above the bright red star Antares. At a distance of 600 light-years from Earth, the red giant marks the eye of the constellation Scorpius.
Venus and Pollux. About a half hour before sunrise on Thursday, August 7, look toward the low eastern horizon for a brilliant planet Venus hanging below the fainter but still naked-eye star Pollux, one of the twins in the constellation Gemini.
This yellowish star, 34 light-years distant, will appear only 7 degrees from Venus, which is a mere 11 light-minutes distant. Their separation in the sky will appear about equal to the width of your fist held out at arm’s length.
Jupiter Returns. After hiding out behind our sun for weeks, Jupiter makes a triumphant return to the early morning sky on Saturday, August 9.
Look for the king of the planets to rise about 45 minutes before local sunrise, shining through the glare of the dawn. The best way to spot the gas giant is using binoculars at a location with a clear, unobstructed view of the eastern horizon.
Supermoon Returns. On Sunday, August 10, the moon is at full phase—and the closest it will be to Earth this year, 221,765 miles (356,896 kilometers) away.
It is also the largest full moon of 2014, rising in the east at sunset.