Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT 5/10-12 Venus-Moon-Jupiter

Hey Space Placers!

   The western sky at dusk offers a real viewing treat this Friday through Sunday.

    Venus, the "Evening Star" begins her return to visibility on Friday accompanied by a one-day old Moon with Jupiter above. Binoculars will help with finding the very young Moon but the key is having a clear view of the western horizon.

   Each night the Moon and planets will move with respect to one another offering an excellent photo opportunity as well as gaining an appreciation for their real movement (as well as Earth's) in the sky.

Enjoy the sky show as it is going to get better as the month progresses as Jupiter and Venus will get closer and be joined by Mercury.

Sky Guy in VA

View in bright twilight
Catch the waxing crescent Moon of May passing low Venus, then higher Jupiter. The visibility of the fainter objects in bright twilight is exaggerated here. (These scenes are drawn for the middle of North America. European observers: move each Moon symbol a quarter of the way toward the one for the previous date. For clarity, the Moon is shown three times actual size.)

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