Moon-Planets In Conjunction

   Thursday and Friday the 8th and 9th take a look toward the eastern horizon around 6:30 am your local time – about an hour before the Sun rises. In addition to the four planet line-up (Mercury-Jupiter-Mars-Venus) on the 8th the thin 25.5 day old waning crescent will be close to the planet Venus. As seen from my location at about 40o North and 94o West the two will be about 2o apart while in other parts of the world, at 21 UT, the Moon will occult (pass in front) of Venus. This is visible from the South Pacific near New Zealand and Australia.
    Then on the morning of the 9th the even thinner 26.5 day old waning crescent Moon will be about 2o from Mars and about 3o from Jupiter. The two graphics below are set for 6 am CDT when the sky is bit darker than around 6:30 when Mercury becomes visible.


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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