May Moon at 2nd Descending Node

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   Monday May 30th our Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving south. This is known as the descending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path (dark green line) has with the ecliptic.
   
   

   On the day of the node crossing the 24-day old thin waning crescent Moon rises about 1 hour before sunrise local time.

   
   
   
   
   
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.

2 thoughts on “May Moon at 2nd Descending Node

    • Hi Patty-
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