July Moon at Descending Node

july8-descending-node   Wednesday July 8th at 00:09 UT, (Tuesday July 7th 7:09 pm CDT), our 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.

   The Moon is currently in its waning phases and is a few hours away from its last quarter phase. At sunrise local time watch for the Moon to be over the southern horizon, or the northern horizon if viewing from the southern hemisphere.

   
   
   
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.

April 17 Moon at Descending Node

apr17-descending-node   Friday April 17th at 13:06 UT, (8:13 am CDT), our 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.
   The Moon reaches new phase more than 24 hours after it makes the node crossing. Had this been closer to the time of the node crossing we could have had an lunar eclipse. This was the situation last month for the total lunar eclipse.

   
   
   
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.

February Ascending Moon

feb8-ascending-node   On Sunday February 8th our Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving north. This is known as the ascending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path (dark green line) has with the ecliptic.

   The waning gibbous Moon rises around midnight local time and is easily seen over the western horizon at sunrise. Jupiter sets around the time of sunrise so it, and the star Regulus in Leo the Lion will still be above the western horizon and visible as this graphic shows.

   
   
   
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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.

Moon at Descending Node

25jandescending_node   Sunday January 25th at 10:23 UT (0:23 am CST) our 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.

   
   
   
   
   
   That evening, Sunday, the waxing crescent Moon will be over the western horizon below the stars of Aries the Ram. The three brightest stars form a small bent line with the brightest star, Hamal, at the top end of the line.

   
   
   
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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.

January 2015 Ascending Moon

12jan-ascending_node   On Monday January 12th our Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving north. This is known as the ascending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path (dark green line) has with the ecliptic.

   Look for the 24-day old last quarter Moon to be near the star Spica in Virgo and both to be over the southeastern horizon at sunrise local time.

   
   
   
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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.

Moon at Descending Node

29dec-descending-node   Monday December 29th at 09:27 UT (3:27 am CST) our 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.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   Monday evening the 8-day old waxing gibbous Moon will be over the western horizon at sunset local time, and will be setting a few hours later.

   
   
   
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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.

Moon At Ascending Node

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On Tuesday December 16th our Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving north. This is known as the ascending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path (dark green line) has with the ecliptic.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Click on graphic to see it full size.

Look for the 24-day old waning crescent Moon to rise a few hours before sunrise near the bright bluish-white star Spica.

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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.