Venus, and the Moon Today

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   Today there are two celestial events to describe. First, as the banner graphic at the top of the page and the graphic to the right show, the waxing gibbous Moon is close to the open star cluster the Hyades in Taurus the Bull. The Moon is close enough to the Hyades and the reddish star Aldebaran that they will all fit within the field of view of 7×50 binoculars.

venus-inf_conj-ani   Secondly the inner planet Venus reaches one of its ‘quarter-orbit’ points where Venus comes between the Earth and the Sun. This is known as inferior conjunction and is an orbital position that only the two inner planets may reach. When either Venus or Mercury reach inferior conjunction they are in a sense positioned the same as when our Moon reaches new phase. Both Earth and Venus share very similar heliocentric longitude coordinates of 110o 40′ 30.6″ and 110o 21′ 56.1″ respectively.

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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