Moon Near the Hyades -Occultation of Aldebaran

   Friday July 29th the waning crescent Moon will pass very close by the star Aldebaran in the open star cluster The Hyades, part of the constellation of Taurus the Bull. For most this will be a fine sight with binoculars or through the eyepiece of a telescope as the Moon traverses the v-shape of the Hyades.

aldebaran-occultation-ani   Depending on your location the Moon will occult, pass in front of, Aldebaran. At my location of 94oW longitude the 25-day old waning crescent Moon rises around 2:30am CDT and by around 4:15 am CDT or so the Moon will start occulting Aldebaran. The end of the occultation for my location happens after sunrise and when the sky brightens too much to see the stars of the Hyades or Aldebaran.


Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for monthly observing information, or here to go to bobs-spaces.

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