Moon Eyes Taurus

   Sunday evening April 10th the 3.5-day young waxing crescent Moon will be either very close to the reddish-orange star Aldebaran, the ‘eye of the Bull’, or the Moon will be occulting Aldebaran. This is sort of like a total solar eclipse in that if you are not at the right viewing location then you will not see a total solar eclipse, just a partial. So depending on your location (latitude and longitude) you may be where you will be able to see the Moon occult Aldebaran. On the other hand the Moon will occult several other stars in the Hyadeas, the open star cluster that makes up the v-shaped face of the bull.

   To learn more about when to view occultations, eclipses, and transits download the Freeware program Occult 4.
   For maps of lunar occultations go to the Grazing Occultation Events in North America web site.


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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