Moon Near Saturn

moon-saturn-ani   Wednesday evening, 16 April, the waning gibbous Moon rises about 1 degree from Saturn, at least as viewed from my location in Missouri. For some parts of the viewing world this will be an occultation, where the Moon passes between Saturn and your view from Earth. Regardless of how close the two will be from your location the two will traverse your horizons during the night hours and be over the western horizon at your local time for sunrise. What is interesting is how the two shift positions during the hours they are above the horizon. This animated graphic is set to 0.5 second per hour.

   Click here to see a graphic showing the setting Moon and Saturn Thursday morning.

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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