Moon Near Castor’s Feet

   Monday May 9th the 3.3-day old waxing crescent Moon will be a few degrees from M-35, an open star cluster located near the feet of Castor, one of the Gemini Twins. As an open start cluster M-35 is about 2800 light years distant and contains several hundred stars spread out across about 0.5o of sky, about the size of the full Moon.

   9may-binoWith a 7×50 binocular the waxing crescent Moon and M-35 will fit within the field of view. Nearby are two 3rd magnitude stars marking Castor’s feet which should ontrast nicely with the 5th magnitude glow of M-35.

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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