Luna Has Aquarius’s Back

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   This evening, Sunday 10 November, the first quarter Moon is high above the southern horizon at sunset local time. Since yesterday the Moon has been waxing its way through the water part of the northern hemisphere celestial sphere. Here ‘swim’ the northern fishes, and from the mythologies a sea-goat, and some dude dumping a bucket of water into the mouth of the southern fish. As this graphic set for 7:30 pm CST shows, the Moon is in a region of not very bright stars – the exception being the 1st magnitude star Fomalhaut in the ‘Southern Fish’.
s toe pan   However turning toward the eastern horizon will bring into view the beginning of the stars and constellations making up the ‘winter hexagon’ (northern hemisphere) group of bright winter season stars. These include the open star clusters the Pleiades and the Hyades. The star Algol, a variable star in the constellation Perseus the Hero is now also in prime viewing for timing and graphing a light curve showing how this star varies in brightness. More on this in a future post.
   
   
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.