Passing the Baton? No, Passing the Moon! (part 3)

   Over the next few evenings (March 31th to April 1st) if you watch the Moon at about the same time you will see the Moon wax, or increase in phase toward the full Moon phase on April 4th and a total lunar eclipse. Additionally think in terms of the constellations in the background and it may not be difficult to imagine the Moon as a ball being passed eastward from one constellation to the next. Sort of a from “hand to claw to paw”.
31mar-leo_moon   Hey! If you can imagine the stars looking like the mythological characters they represent how difficult is it to imagine those characters playing pass the ‘ball’?

March 27,28,29,30,31, April 1

March 27,28,29,30,31, April 1

   So, starting on March 27th with the Gemini Twins, Pollux passed the Moon to Cancer the Crab on the 29th, who in turn will claw it toward the paws of Leo the following day.
   Along the way the Moon will pass Jupiter and then Regulus (31st), the heart of the Lion.

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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