July Moon at Descending Node

july8-descending-node   Wednesday July 8th at 00:09 UT, (Tuesday July 7th 7:09 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 hours away from its last quarter phase. At sunrise local time watch for the Moon to be over the southern horizon, or the northern horizon if viewing from the southern hemisphere.

   
   
   
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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