Winter is Coming

   It is still summer in the northern hemisphere and we are still more than a month away from the September equinox however take a look toward the eastern horizon some morning before sunrise and you will see some of the familiar constellations of the winter season (northern hemisphere) rising and coming into view. In this group of constellations is the Gemini Twins, and at their feet is the 25-day old waning crescent Moon.
   Near the Moon, within about 5o, is an open star cluster, M-35. This is a 5th magnitude collection of stars located about 2500-3000 light years from the Earth. M-35 is not, as some may think, a 2.5 ton U.S. Army all terrain truck.

   
   
   
   

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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