Moon At Our Feet!

   On a regular basis the Moon, at some point in its cycle of phases, passes above Orion’s head on its way to a traverse of the Gemini constellation. Often the Moon’s orbit takes it past the feet of the Gemini twins and sometimes near the open star cluster, M-35. This is a group of several hundred stars with an apparent magnitude between 5 and 6 that is fairly easily seen as a fuzzy patch of light – like an out-of-focus star.
   However with the light from the nearby first quarter Moon brightening this part of the sky seeing M-35 will be very difficult.


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

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