Moon Near Aldebaran

   Tuesday evening January 19th the 10-day old waxing gibbous Moon will pass within about 1o from the reddish star Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull. Aldebaran is the brightest of the stars in Taurus, and is one of the end stars in the v-shaped open star cluster known as the Hyades.
   For some parts of the world the Moon will occult or pass in front of Aldebaran. jan19-binoHowever from my location the Moon will be right around 1o from Aldebaran, making at the least for interesting binocular viewing, or photographing. Unfortunately my weather forecast for Tuesday evening includes several inches of snow.
   The Moon rises around 2 pm local time and is well above the horizon by the time it gets dark.


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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