Don’t Miss the Night Sky this Week

Blood Moon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bpchua/25759275477/)

A lot is going on in the night sky during the last week of July. Some of the shortest nights of the year in the Northern Hemisphere give us a quick glimpse into the heavens.  Planetary viewing is great with Venus the bright Evening Star, Saturn, Mars and Mercury all showing off.

If you are coming out to The Cove, this is a great time to bring your telescope.  If you don’t have one, the sky is still dazzling for those of us that enjoy staying up late.  Ranger Erin will be leading full moon night hikes at 9 pm on Thursday, July 26 in the Deschutes Campground/meet at the store. Also, Sunday July 29 in the Crooked River Campground/meet at the Amphitheater.

Things to Watch For:

Thursday, July 26 – Mars at Opposition – Get ready to see the Red Planet up close: Just after Mars reaches opposition with the sun, observers on Earth will have their closest view of the planet since 2003.  Mars will be brightest, it will reach that closest point on July 31.

Friday, July 27 – Full “Hay” or “Thunder” Moon – It’s also a Blood Moon (The lunar eclipse occurring will not be visible from North America)

July 17 – August 24 – Perseid Meteor Showers (Peak is August 11 and 12)

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