The Weekend Moon

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   This weekend the waxing Moon will pass by the open star cluster, M-44, the outer planet Jupiter, and the heart of Leo the Lion, the star Regulus. M-44, or the Beehive Cluster, is an open star cluster comprised of about 1000 stars, and located at a distance of around 600 light years from the Earth. On the evening of the 25th the three will all fit, more or less, within the field of view of 7×50 binoculars – as this graphic shows.
   The slide show below shows the sky at 10 pm CDT for the next three evenings, starting with Saturday the 25th.
   
   

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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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