Follow the Moon

   Thursday morning I had the great pleasure to visit with the 4th grade class of Mrs. Johnson at Prairie View Elementary. We talked and modeled Moon phases and then had a great back and forth about a lot of things celestial ranging from the Cat’s Eye nebulae, the ‘lady in the Moon, Newton’s laws of motion, astronauts, and much more. So this set of graphics below is for the students in Mrs, Johnson, and of course everyone else!
   Over the next several evenings (2 May; 3 May; 4 May; 5 May; 6 May)the waxing Moon will work its way eastward and as it does so the Moon will pass by some interesting objects. Since the Moon will be in its waxing crescent phases its reflected sunlight should not interfere too much with binocular and naked eye observing. The graphics in the slide show were done with the simulated sky set for the same time, 9 pm CDT (2 UT), starting with 2 May and ending with 6 May, the day before first quarter phase.

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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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