Moon Near M-35 and Venus

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

   On Thursday morning the 24th the very thin 27-day old waning crescent Moon rises near the planet Venus and the open star cluster M-35. This is the 3rd posting in about as many days that included the open star cluster M-35. But when celestial objects are near the ecliptic then the Moon and the 8 planets all have opportunities to interact with the near-ecliptic objects. This is the case for the open star cluster M-35, which has had the two inner planets Mercury and Venus, and now the Moon come within a few degrees.

24july-bino   As this graphic shows the Moon, Venus, and M-35 are all within a small enough space to fit within the field of view of 7×50 binoculars. The Moon may or may not be a challenge to see depending on your local horizon, nonetheless it will be a very thin crescent with between 5-6% of its disk still reflecting sunlight.

   
   
   
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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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