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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.
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.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.