Moon at Descending Node

15aug-desc-node   Friday 15 August at 00:19 UT (14 August at 7:19 pm CDT) our Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving south. This is known as the descending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path (dark green line) has with the ecliptic.

Note the ecliptic is the line with ‘Apr’ 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.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

   Look for the waning gibbous Moon high above the southern horizon in the pre-dawn skies. It will be visible for most of the morning until the sky brightens and moon-set at around 1 pm local time.

   
   
   
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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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