June Moon at Descending Node

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   Sunday June 26th the waning gibbous 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 21-day old waning gibbous Moon rises shortly after midnight local time and is over the southern horizon at sunrise.

   
   
   
   
   
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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