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Saturday, July 1, 2017

July stargazing

As one of my heroes, Neil DeGrasse Tyson puts it...

This Month in StarDate Magazine
In our current issue of StarDate magazine will focus on the Great American Eclipse. On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible across a wide swath of the United States, with a partial eclipse in store for the rest of country. We tell you how to make the most of it.

Stargazing Summary
With summer blazing across the northern hemisphere, the season's well-known celestial markers blaze low across the southern sky. Scorpius stands low in the south as night falls, marked by its bright orange "heart," the star Antares. Sagittarius follows it across with the sky. Its brightest stars form the outline of a teapot. And the three points of the Summer Triangle pose high in the east at nightfall and climb across the crown of the sky later on.

More stargazing information

Radio Program Highlights
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July 3-9: Zapped! A star in the scorpion is zapping a companion with a powerful particle beam. And a star in the wolf is getting ready to zap everything around it when it blows up. Join us for these powerful stars and much more.

July 10-16: The Scorpion. From its three-star head to its two-star stinger, Scorpius is one of the brightest denizens of summer's evening skies. And we'll tell you all about it, including why so many of its stars are so bright. Join us for the scorpion and more.

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News from the Observatory
Astronomers Prove What Separates True Stars from Wannabes
Astronomer Trent Dupuy of The University of Texas at Austin has shown what separates true stars from wannabes. Not in Hollywood, but in the whole universe. He presented his research recently in a news conference at the semi-annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin.

About SkyTips
SkyTips is a monthly email newsletter for visitors to McDonald Observatory and StarDate Online. Each issue features stargazing highlights, upcoming StarDate radio program descriptions, and other news. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends and family.

SkyTips is a publication of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory Education and Outreach Office, 2515 Speedway C1402, Austin, TX 78712. Reproduction of SkyTips content is permitted with proper credit given to McDonald Observatory.

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