Taurus Faces the Moon

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

   This evening the 13.5 days old waxing gibbous Moon, some of the stars of the winter hexagon, and the planet Jupiter rise above the eastern horizon of Kansas City MO as this graphic shows. The Moon is within the constellation of Taurus the Bull as the banner graphic at the top of the page shows.

The Hyades Star Cluster

The Hyades Star Cluster

   The Moon is within 2 degrees from the reddish star Aldebaran and the stars of the V-shaped open cluster the Hyades. The V-shape represents the face the angry bull with reddish Aldebaran at the top of the V as one of the eyes of Taurus, the other eye, Epsilon Tauri is at the top of V’s other side. The bull’s nose is the point of the V, Gamma Tauri.

   
   

   
   
   
Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   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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