When the Moon Hits You in the Eye

   Thursday January 29th the waxing gibbous Moon passes by the reddish star Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull. From my latitude and longitude the two will be separated by 2-3 o and should make for an interesting binocular view.
   Aldebaran is one of the stars making up the open star cluster known as the Hyades. This v-shaped group of stars forms the Bull’s face with the point of the v-shape as the nose, and Aldebaran is one of the two stars making up the eyes.

   Asteroid 3 Juno, aka Juno, was the 3rd asteroid to be discovered as well as being one of the larger of the main belt asteroids. This asteroid, like all solar orbiting objects, have their own respective orbital position where the Earth is between the object and the Sun. This is know as opposition and Asteroid Juno, located just out of reach from the many headed serpent Hydra, reaches its opposition on January 29th.

   
   
   
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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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