Have Some ‘Pie’ – View Some Planets

   Saturday March 14th, 3/14/2020, is perhaps better known as Pi Day given that 3.14, the value for Pi, is also the month and day number. Learn more about Pi and see what NASA has planned for this special day at the NASA Pi Day Challenge web site.
   Saturday the 14th, weather depending, is another day this year when you have a choice of planet viewing – all of the six visible planets in fact. In the early morning skies look east and southeast for a line-up of planets ranging from Mercury, to Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, and the 19-day old waning gibbous Moon. In the evening after sunset Venus shines brightly over the western horizon. Venus is near the outer ringed planet Uranus, but Uranus is not considered a naked-eye visible planet in most skies.
   Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are all visible, but that’s only five visible planets. So where is the sixth visible planet?

   
   
   

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Stairway to the Horizon

7:00 a.m. CST - 8 December

7:00 a.m. CST – 8 December

   The waning Moon this morning was poised to start the first of several conjunctions with planets and a star over the next few mornings. Go out around sunrise your local time each mornig and look toward the southeast horizon for the Moon as it sort of stair-steps its way toward the horizon.
   The Moon is also passing through a part of the sky housing a menagerie of characters including a Harvest Maiden, a Crow, a Wine Goblet, an Equal Arm Balance, and of course a many headed snake! Click here to see a graphic illustrating what I am writing about.

Sunrise - 9 December

Sunrise – 9 December

   The Moon will be near the blue-white star Spica in Virgo the Harvest Maiden on Sunday morning 9 December.
Sunrise - 10 December

Sunrise – 10 December

   The Moon will be near the planet Saturn on Monday morning 10 December.
Sunrise 11 December

Sunrise 11 December

   The Moon will be near Venus and Mercury on Tuesday morning 11 December.

Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information.