Moon At Ascending Node

6jul-ascending-node   Early Sunday morning 6 July at 09:50 UT (04:50 am CDT) our Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving north. This is known as the ascending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path (dark green line) has with the ecliptic. Note the ecliptic is the line with ‘Oct’ however that is a reference to when the Sun will be at that point along the ecliptic and not the date for this node crossing.

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Click on graphic to see it full size.

   That evening look for the waxing gibbous Moon, just to be about midway between Mars and Saturn.

   
   
   
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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