The Moon in Virgo’s Hand

   Monday February 9th look toward the western horizon before sunrise for the 20-day old waning gibbous Moon. That bluish-white star just off to the left from the Moon is the star Spica. Spica is within the constellation of Virgo the Harvest Maiden, and is often depicted as the bundle of wheat or grains held in Virgo’s hand.
9feb-bino   Further east over the southern horizon Scorpius the Scorpion is rising and just out of reach of its pincers is the planet Saturn.
   The Moon and Spica will make for a nice view using binoculars as they are only a few degrees apart.

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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