Batter Up!!

   Wednesday March 25th the 5.5 day old waxing crescent Moon is in the region of the sky between the horns of Taurus the Bull and the upraised club over Orion’s head, in Orion’s hand. This is a familiar part of the sky to many as within the sky around the Moon’s location include more of the brightest stars (1st magnitude or brighter) than any other part of the sky or other season.

   However this is spring time (in the northern hemisphere) and spring time is synonymous with Baseball. So at times like Wednesday evening I like to think of Orion as one of the Kansas City Royals (choose your favorite) about to hit a grand slam.

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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.

A Steamed Moon

   Saturday March 14th the waning crescent Moon will be centered within the Milky Way as that part of the sky rises. While in reality the reflected light from the Moon will have brightened the sky too much to allow the Milky Way to be seen nonetheless the Milky Way is still there. And when one pictures the constellation as its teapot-shape asterism suggests then it is not hard to imagine that the Milky Way is the steam rising from the teapot.

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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 Near (Sort of) Antares

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   Wednesday 9 July the nearly full Moon will be about 8o from the reddish star Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion. The reflected moonlight will brighten the sky so much that the Milky Way is not visible leaving only the brightest stars and planets as visible.
   The graphics below illustrate how the sky would look with and without the light from the Moon.
   

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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.