Mars is smack dab in the middle of the constellation Capricornus the Sea Goat in mid-October. Key stars are labeled with Greek letters . Generally, a constellation’s Alpha (α) star is the brightest, followed by Beta (β) and so on up to Omega (ω). However, with Capricornus, Delta is brightest and Omega is not the faintest! Theta (θ) Capricorni currently lies due north of Mars. Stellarium
Some people see a paper boat, others a goat, some a sloppy triangle and others like myself the mischievous grin of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Whatever we behold in the curious and capricious constellation of Capricornus, I was just happy for clear skies last night to see it. Two weeks of cloudy nights has been too much for this one to bear.
The Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Remember, the last thing to remain as the cat disappeared was its famous grin. John Tenniel 1865
With the return of the stars, I noticed that Mars has been on the move east and now shines from the center of Capricornus. The Red Planet hasn’t lost its visual magnetism despite having faded to magnitude –1.0 in part because it has ...