Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT!!!!!! 9-10 to 9-14

Hey Space Placers!

I got up early this morning - around 5 a.m. and looked at a finally clear sky (it has been cloudy for about a week or more) and it was breathtaking. The coming week will be worth getting up before sunrise to glance in the east to see a beautiful tapestry of Moon, planets and bright stars.

The constellations of winter - Taurus the Bull with the Pleiades Star Cluster, Orion the Hunter, Canis Major and Canis Minor - with the brilliant and beautiful stars Sirius and Procyon - were all up.

And the waning crescent Moon was near Jupiter with Venus ablaze to the lower left towards the horizon.

Dawn view; the Moon is waning

Dawn view
Watch the waning crescent Moon descend past Venus from morning to morning. The blue 10° scale is about the apparent width of your fist held at arm's length.
Sky & Telescope diagram

Don't miss out on this wonderful way to start your day.

Sky Guy in VA

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