Moon – Jupiter Conjunction

   Friday evening July 20th the 8-day old waxing gibbous Moon will be 3-4o from the ringed planet Jupiter. Joining Jupiter to the west is Venus, and east from Jupiter are the planets Saturn and Mars.
   Close to Jupiter is 3rd magnitude star Zubenelgenubi in Libra the Scales.

   
   
   

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Moon Conjunction with Spica


   On the evening of June 21st the the 8-day old waxing gibbous Moon will be within about 8o from the blue-white star Spica in Virgo the Harvest Maiden. In two days the Moon will have moved further east and be close to the planet Jupiter.

   
   
   
   
   
   

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Moon Near Jupiter and Spica


   Saturday July 1st the 8-day old waxing gibbous Moon will be 8o from outer planet Jupiter and about 5o from the blue-white star Spica in Virgo the Harvest Maiden.

   
   
   

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Virgo Grabs the Moon!

   Wednesday evening August 19th the 4.5 day young waxing crescent Moon will be within a few degrees from the bluish-white star Spica in Virgo the Harvest Maiden. Spica, as part of the constellation illustration represents the bundle of wheat, or whatever the harvest is, held in her left hand.
19aug   Spica and the Moon often have conjunctions such as this one on a regular basis. This is because Spica is within a couple of degrees from the ecliptic, while the Moon’s orbital path takes it above, on, or below the ecliptic during each month.

   
   
   
   

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
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Moon and Spica – Together Again!

   Wednesday and Thursday July 22nd and 23rd, respectively, the waxing crescent Moon will pass within a few degrees from the bluish-white star Spica in the constellation Virgo the Harvest Maiden. This is a fairly regular occurrence, the Moon passing close to Spica, because Spica is only a few degrees from the ecliptic. The Moon, likewise, is located near the ecliptic. Keep in mind that the Moon’s orbit is inclined about 6o from the ecliptic so that the Moon’s orbital path places the Moon above, on, or below the ecliptic throughout the month. The point along the Moon’s orbital path where it crosses the ecliptic is known as a node. One the descending and the other the ascending node. A significance of the node crossing is that if it occurs at or close to either a new Moon or full Moon there will be an eclipse. (watch for my postings about these node crossing events)

   
   
   
   

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
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Moon-Spica Conjunction

   Friday May 29th the 12-day old waxing gibbous Moon will rise in the east with the bluish-white star Spica in the constellation Virgo the Maiden.

   
   
   
   

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
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A Celestial 2 for 1

   Saturday evening May 2nd the waxing gibbous Moon will be within a few degrees from the bluish-white star Spica in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. Both will easily fit in the field of view of binoculars. And while you are looking at this part of the sky direct your view up to the left from Spica to find the reddish star Arcturus in the constellation Bootes the Herdsman. If you continue looking up to the left you will find the 3 stars making the curved handle of the Big Dipper asterism. If you reverse your viewing then you can do as this astronomical mnemonic suggests, “Follow the Arc to Arcturus, then speed to Spica.”

mars-saturn-helio-conj
    Also, on May 2nd the outer planets Mars and Saturn will be on opposite sides of the Sun in an arrangement known as heliocentric opposition.

   
   
   
   

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.