May Moon at Ascending Node

may1-ascending-node   On Friday May 1st at 9:51 UT (4:51 am CDT) our Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving north. This is known as the ascending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path has with the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the Earth’s orbit and the Moon’s orbit is inclined about 6o from the ecliptic. So there are two node intersections, the ascending and descending nodes.

   
   
   
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.

One thought on “May Moon at Ascending Node

  1. Just discovered (a day before the 1st of may) your blog via earthsky.org picture and drowing made by you. This is exactly what I need to know about the Moon, when?, what? and how? Thank you for this educational visual tool.

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