Moon Passes Stellar Trio

Written by The Night Sky Guy on May 29, 2009 – 3:20 pm -

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]Starting this evening (Friday) the near quarter Moon will glide past the brightest star in the constellation Leo. Regulus is about 76 light years away from Earth. Then by Sunday evening the Moon will have skipped over to meet up with the Lord of the Rings. The gas giant planet Saturn is about 1.2 billion km distant and will make a spectacular pair with our closest neighbour in the sky. if you have a telescope and have never seen Saturn then this is a great opportunity since you can use the Moon as a guidepost in finding it. You don’t need a big scope either, even the smallest one will do.

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To see this sky show face towards the southwest at around 10 pm local time. By Monday the Moon will continue its trek across the southern sky and enter the Virgo constellation and tuck underneath its lead star, Spica.  Throughout this week the Moon’s shape will change from crescent to quarter into waxing gibbous.
Skycharts for next week will follow so stay tuned.

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