Wednesday evening February 25th the first quarter Moon will be within about 1o from Aldebaran, a reddish star with an apparent magnitude of 0.9, in Taurus the Bull. Aldebaran as a reddish appearing star represents the Bull’s ‘angry eye’, which goes along with the head down charging stance toward Orion.
From parts of the world at high northern latitudes (Alaska, Northwestern Canada, Greenland) Aldebaran will be occulted by the Moon. However for the rest of the world, this will be a close conjunction between the Moon and Aldebaran. Through binoculars the Moon, Aldebaran, and the v-shaped open star cluster, the Hyades, will all fit within the field of view.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.