The Moon Gets Pinched

   Wednesday June 8th the 4-day old waxing crescent Moon will almost be within the pincer grasp of Cancer the Crab. The Moon will also be 5-6o from the open star cluster M-44, the Beehive Cluster. This is an open star cluster containing several hundred stars located within the constellation of Cancer the Crab. M-44 is approximately 500 light years away, has a collective apparent size about twice the diameter of the full Moon and glows at around 4th magnitude. The Beehive Cluster is easily seen with the naked-eye even in some light polluted metropolitan areas. It is even better when seen with binoculars or a wide-field eyepiece and telescope. So despite the light from the crescent Moon M-44 should still visible with binoculars, as this graphic shows.

   Both are over the western horizon after sunset local time.

   
   
   
   
   

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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