Wednesday, January 16, 2008

the moon occults the tiny little dipper

the moon rises later each night as it moves about 12 degrees east around the earth each day. you'll see the half-illuminated moon high in the sky tonight, then it will rise about 50 minutes later tomorrow and have slightly more illumination. it sits above and to the right of the pleiades "tiny little dipper" star cluster tomorrow night on its way to an occultation of pleiades late thurs night!

if you recall, a similar occultation occured last november reminding us how steady the earth and the moon are in out orbit!

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