Pollux Impales Moon With Spear!

gemini-ani   Did you notice the setting full Moon this morning (Wednesday) with that bright star (Jupiter) above it? If you were out early enough the twin stars Pollux and Castor were visible above Jupiter. Tomorrow morning (Thursday) the Moon will have moved ‘up’ (actually eastward) toward the twin stars. And as this animated graphic set for 6:30 am CST (1230 UT) shows, the near waning gibbous Moon is looking like it has been impaled by the spear carried by Pollux. On Friday morning the the Moon will have moved further east and that morning will set alongside – off to the left – from the twin stars.

   Don’t forget that over the east to southeast horizon are the planets Mars and Saturn as well as two other prominent stars, Arcturus in Bootes the Herdsman and Spica in Virgo the Harvest Maiden.

   
dec19moon-jupiter   Tomorrow morning, Thursday, the Moon will be within 7 degrees from Jupiter and both will fit within the field of of 7×50 binoculars.
   
   
   
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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