Before and after watching Cosmos tonight at 9 p.m. EDT, Sunday, 3-9-14 (see yesterday's blog), make sure you take in the sky. Taking center stage tonight is the dance of the waxing gibbous Moon - one day past First Quarter - and bright Jupiter.
The best time to see this lovely duo is at 8 p.m. as the two will be at their highest elevation about the horizon. A pair of 7x50 binoculars held steady will show the four main moons of Jupiter and a wealth of detail on the Moon. A small telescope is even better.
When looking at the Moon imagine the Chinese lunar rover Yutu hibernating in the night and NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter flying low over the Moon. Jupiter will have company from Earth once again when NASA's Juno spacecraft arrives in July 2016.
Sky Guy in Warming VA
P.S. Space Placers…….
If you have a BluRay DVD make sure you watch 'Gravity' in a darkened room….you'll be glad you did.