Moon at Descending Node

moon-descending_node-ani   Today at approximately noon local time the Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving south. This is known as the descending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path has with the ecliptic.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

   Today the 4-day old Moon is at its waxing crescent phase, setting a couple of hours after local sunset time. Just off and up to the right from the Moon is the constellation of Aries the Ram – a sort of 3-star curved line with Hamal as the brightest of the three stars. And a bit further to the right is M-31, the Andromeda Galaxy.

   
   
   
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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