Sky Watch: Gettin’ Cozy With Pleiades and Mars

Shortly before sunrise on Aug. 19, you can glimpse this lunar trifecta: third-quarter moon, Pleiades star cluster, and Mars.

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Shortly before midnight on Aug. 18, the third-quarter moon will rise to the east-northeast. As the night progresses, the moon will work its way in between Mars and the Pleiades star cluster. The cluster may appear like a fuzzy blob to the unaided eye, but basic binoculars will make the stars easier to decipher. Pleiades will be slightly farther away from the moon than the red planet. Get the best glimpse of this lunar trifecta shortly before sunrise on Aug. 19.

Happy viewing!

Each month, Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory astronomer Eric McLaughlin spotlights a notable celestial event. For information about the observatory, visit

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