This Week's Night Sky: Star Triangle Hides Behind July 4 Fireworks
Earlier in the week, Venus and Jupiter will snuggle close together.
Planetary gatherings and the Summer Triangle delight sky-watchers in a week when celebrations will turn eyes to skies full of brilliant lights.
Huddled together in the southern evening sky, these three celestial objects lie at distances that could not be more different. The moon is a mere 1.2 light-seconds away, and while Saturn and Antares may look similar in brightness, the planet sits 76 light-minutes from Earth and the red giant star is a whopping 600 light-years distant.
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Not a constellation by itself, the Summer Triangle offers a great three-for-one deal for backyard stargazers. The individual stars not only anchor the triangle but also act as a guide to three separate constellations.
Leading off the triangle