Moon at Descending Node

apr17-descending-node   Thursday May 14th at 20:39 UT, (3:39 pm CDT), our Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving south. This is known as the descending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path (dark green line) has with the ecliptic.
   The Moon is currently in its waning phases and is a few days away from New Moon. The thin waning crescent Moon is conveniently lined up with the left side the Square of Pegasus, an asterism formed with three stars from the constellation Pegasus the Winged Horse, and one star from the constellation Andromeda the Princess.

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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