Moon-Saturn Conjunction

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Click on graphic to see it full size.

   Monday evening, 7 July, look above the southern horizon for the waxing gibbous Moon as this graphic shows. Nearby will be two stars – well actually one is a star and the other is the planet Saturn. Saturn is located within the boundaries of the constellation Libra the Scales, and is within 2o from the pivot star in the scales, the 2nd magnitude star Zubenelgenubi (pronounced just like it sounds, zoo ben el gee noobi). For an apparent magnitude comparison nearby Saturn currently ‘shines’ with an apparent magnitude of 0.4.

7july-bino   Both Saturn and Zubenelgenubi will easily fit within a 7X50 binocular field of view as this graphic shows. From my backyard latitude (38°54’19.31″N) and longitude (94°21’20.12″W) this will be a close conjunction between the Moon and Saturn as they will be slightly less than 1o apart. However from other parts of the world, parts of the South Pacific and south South America the Moon will occult, or pass in front of Saturn blocking the view of Saturn sort of like an eclipse.

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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