Moon Snuggles Up To Saturn

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

   The planet Saturn will rise on Saturday morning, tomorrow, within about 1 degree from the just past last quarter Moon – now a waxing crescent Moon. The banner graphic at the top of the page is an exaggerated view of the two but it is also showing how close the Moon passes by Saturn. Closest is at 8 am CST – 14 UT when the two will be separated by about 0.5 degrees.
saturn-moon9am   Daytime Saturn Sighting? Since the Moon will be so close to Saturn it is possible that you could do a daytime sighting of the planet. This simulated view through 7×50 binoculars is set for 9 am CST – 14 UT. If my skies are clear I will be outdoors taking pictures. If successful I’ll post a follow-up from after Saturn rise and as long as I am
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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