Moon Passes Jupiter and Regulus

   The Moon is in the last hours of its waxing gibbous phase and as it approaches full phase the Moon rises at or near the time of sunset. So for the next few evenings look eastward about an hour after sunset local time for the Moon rising in the east. Tomorrow, February 3rd, that bright star-like object to the left is the planet Jupiter. The two are about 4o apart and both will be visible essentially from sunset to sunrise. The following evening, February 4th, at about the same time, the Moon will have moved about 15o further eastward and will be 2-3o from the heart of Leo the Lion, the star Regulus.

   
   
   
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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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