Moon at Descending Node

25jandescending_node   Sunday January 25th at 10:23 UT (0:23 am CST) 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.

   
   
   
   
   
   That evening, Sunday, the waxing crescent Moon will be over the western horizon below the stars of Aries the Ram. The three brightest stars form a small bent line with the brightest star, Hamal, at the top end of the line.

   
   
   
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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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