Ear is the Moon!

21apr-bino   Tuesday evening April 21st direct your eyes toward the west and the setting Moon. The Moon, looking as if it were stuck in the ear of Taurus the Bull, is in its waxing stage and is approximately 3.5 days old. Within a few degrees from the thin Moon is the reddish star Aldebaran. This star, in mythology, represents the ‘angry eye’ of Taurus the Bull. Aldebaran looks like it belongs to the v-shaped open star cluster that makes up the face of the Bull. These are the Hyades, a group of stars that are actually much further from the Earth than is the star Aldebaran.
   Just in case you are wondering, that much brighter star-like object a few degrees from the Moon and Aldebaran is the inner planet Venus.

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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