Wednesday morning, February 11th the 22-day old, nearly last quarter, Moon will be 1-2o from Zubenelgenubi, a 5th magnitude star in Libra the Scales.
Down to the left, or east from the Moon are the stars of Scorpius and Sagittarius. Just above the reddish star Antares, the heart of the scorpion, is the planet Saturn. And just above the eastern horizon is the innermost planet Mercury.
With an apparent 5th magnitude Zubenelgenubi is just barely visible to the naked-eye. However with binoculars the star is visible, and with the near last quarter Moon ‘next door’ the two will make for an interesting view through binoculars or a wide-field eyepiece in a telescope.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.