A Lunar Twin?

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

   Friday evening, 30 May, the thin 2 day old waxing crescent Moon will be within about 6-7 degrees from the inner planet Mercury. And both will display a crescent phase shape due to their respective position to the east from the Sun, as the banner graphic at the the top of the page shows. However the Moon is in its waxing phases having just been at new Moon and now moving eastward from the Sun. While Mercury is in its waning phases as it is moving in retrograde, to the west, toward the Sun and inferior conjunction next month.

   
   
   
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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