When the Moon Hits You In The Eye…

   This evening the 17.75 days old waning gibbous Moon rises in the face of Taurus the Bull as the banner graphic shows. hyades1-aniThe Moon is very close to the open star cluster the Hyades, a v-shaped grouping of stars that form the face of the bull. The reddish star Aldebaran is one of the eyes and its reddish color signals an angry bull. The bottom or point of the v-shape is the nose and the star at the top of the v-shape across from Aldebaran is the other eye.

Close-up View with 7x50 Binoculars

Close-up View with 7×50 Binoculars

   The Hyades is a large open star cluster consisting of several hundred stars all of about the same age and at a distance of around 150 light years. The brighter reddish star Aldebaran, at a distance of about 70 light years, is not part of this open star cluster but is coincidentally in the line of sight toward the Hyades.

   
   
   
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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