Tonight's Sky
Sun
Sun
Moon
Moon
Mercury
Mercury
Venus
Venus
Mars
Mars
Jupiter
Jupiter
Saturn
Saturn

Tonight's Sky — Change location

OR

Searching...

Tonight's Sky — Select location

Tonight's Sky — Enter coordinates

° '
° '

See asteroid Vesta shine in Sagittarius

Break out the binoculars for a glimpse of Vesta passing "the Teapot."

dawnvesta
Vesta’s surface has craters of all sizes, some of which display intriguing dark slopes on their interior walls. Dawn captured this view July 24 from a distance of 3,200 miles (5,200 kilometers).
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Asteroid hunters have a great opportunity to spot Vesta against the backdrop of Sagittarius these next two evenings.

Vesta is the second largest body in the asteroid belt, after the dwarf planet Ceres. On both nights, you can find the magnitude 7.7 minor planet 0.7° north of 2nd-magnitude Sigma (σ) Sagittarii, the northernmost star in the handle of the constellation’s Teapot asterism.

Use binoculars or a telescope to track down Vesta as soon as the sky grows dark.

0

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Read and share your comments on this article
Comment on this article
Want to leave a comment?
Only registered members of Astronomy.com are allowed to comment on this article. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
0 comments
ADVERTISEMENT

FREE EMAIL NEWSLETTER

Receive news, sky-event information, observing tips, and more from Astronomy's weekly email newsletter. View our Privacy Policy.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Apollo_RightRail

Click here to receive a FREE e-Guide exclusively from Astronomy magazine.

Find us on Facebook