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Sun Sep 12, 2021, 08:09 PM

Antares, confirmed location, south.

'Weíre less than two weeks away from the equinox. Summer is nearly gone on our northern part of the globe. And the red star Antares Ė a summer star for the Northern Hemisphere Ė is shifting noticeably westward at each new sunset. Soon, itíll be gone behind the sun. You can still see this star on September 12, 2021, though. Itíll be near a fat waxing crescent moon. Antares is the brightest star to light up the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion.

Our sky chart at top depicts the view as seen from mid-northern North American latitudes. But, from most parts of the globe, the moon will be in the neighborhood of Antares in your sky, too, around September 12.

Antares, the far-southern star
Meanwhile, as seen from near and south of the Antarctic Circle, Antares always stays above the horizon. Itís circumpolar for far-southern latitudes. This star, like the midnight sun of summer, stays above the horizon in this part of the world all year round, instead of just seasonally.


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