Venus is Superior During Moon and Saturn Conjunction

25oct-bino   Saturday evening, October 25th the thin 2 day old waxing crescent Moon will be about 2o from the planet Saturn as they both set over the western horizon. The two should make for interesting contrast in both pictures and through binoculars. With binoculars you have a view of the sky that at this time of the evening will show you more than your eyes would be able to see.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

   As this graphic shows the reddish stars of Arcturus and Antares are on either side of the Moon and Saturn. Further to the east and just above the pour spout of teapot-shaped asterism using stars from the constellation Sagittarius is the planet Mars. Through binoculars it may be possible to find some of the nebula and star clusters along the Milky Way above and around Mars.

25sep-venus-sup_conjunc    Also on Saturday the inner planet Venus will have moved into superior conjunction – on the opposite side of the Sun from the Earth. Venus will reappear on the east side of the Sun later next month and start becoming visible in the evening skies over the western horizon.

   
   
   
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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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