August Moon at Descending Node

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   Friday August 19th 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 17-day old waning gibbous Moon rises before midnight local time and is over the southern horizon at sunrise.

   
   
   

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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