Stargazing: Moon to pass celestial trio

July 28, 2014 12:01 AM

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Before the waxing moon completes one-quarter of its journey around Earth by this time next week, our closest celestial neighbor will pass Spica and Mars and be in position to pass Saturn.

The trio of Spica, Mars and Saturn are lined up in a straight line above the southwestern horizon. Over the past month, Mars has moved eastward through Virgo and now sits 10 degrees to the left of Virgo's brightest star Spica and 10 degrees to the right of Saturn. The celestial trio is also shining ...

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