In Your Face, Taurus!

24mar-bino   Tuesday March 24th the waxing crescent Moon will be right in the face of Taurus the Bull and will be within about 3o from the ‘red angry eye’ – the red giant star Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull. Aldebaran is the upper left part of the v-shaped face of Taurus, however it is not one of the many stars making up the open star cluster known as the Hyades. Aldebaran (65 light years) is closer than the Hyades (153 light years) and viewed toward the same direction as the Hyades thus appearing brighter, and as part of the star cluster..

   Look for the Moon and Taurus to be over the southwestern horizon at sunset local time.

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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