Thursday, February 14, 2008

the moon and mars

the half-full, first quarter moon sits to the west of the pleiades star cluster tonight. the waxing moon approaches mars and passes very close by the bright orange planet for the next several nights. friday night provides the closest approach this month, as shown below.




the moon slowly fills with sunlight over the next week, and will pass right thru earth's shadow, what we call a total lunar eclipse, next wednesday night! stay tuned!

3 comments:

Chuck said...

Is Capella the bright star low on the northern horizon below Mars (as seen from say 30 to 35 S)?

astropixie said...

yes, i think youre exactly right!

Chuck said...

Moon/Mars was clouded. Maybe next month.