This Week's Night Sky: Hunt Down Dwarf Planet Ceres
You've seen the closeup pictures of Pluto; now you can catch a glimpse of a dwarf planet yourself with just binoculars.
Pluto isn't the only dwarf planet in our solar system. This week, its fellow dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, makes a tempting target for binocular skyhounds, while the moon sneaks up to pretty stellar sights.
Beginning Monday, it may be worth keeping an eye out for shooting stars from the Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower. While the shower won’t be peaking for over a week, some meteors will start to be visible in the hours before dawn.
With the moon out of the way early mornings this week, the skies should be optimal for catching the shower as it begins to ramp up.
Individual meteors from this shower can be traced back to