Dude! What’s That on your Ankle?

oph-ani   Monday morning look toward the southeast horizon an hour or so before sunrise local time and you will see the 25.5 day old waning crescent Moon. What you may not see is the 13th constellation of the zodiac, Ophiuchus the Healer. As my cleverly animated graphic is showing Ophiuchus is indeed part of the zodiac based on the ‘rule of thumb’ for determining this. If the Sun’s apparent path, aka the ecliptic, cuts across the boundary of a constellation, then that constellation is a zodiac constellation. Of course I am referring to the Astronomical Zodiac as opposed to the 12 signs acknowledged by the pseudoscience astrology.

   
   
   
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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