Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Dance of Moon and Planets

Evening sky looking North-west showing Mercury,Venus, Mars, Saturn and Regulus at 5:50 pm local time on Wednesday July 14. Click to embiggen.

Over the next few days there will be a delightful series of massings of the Moon, Regulus, Mars and Saturn. Provided, unlike me, you have no rain clouds covering everything, you can see the thin crescent Moon form a line with Regulus, Venus, Mars and Saturn on Wednesday July 14, then on the 15th the Moon forms a triangle with Venus and Mars and on the 16t h it forms a triangle with Mars and Saturn.

As well, if you are observing in the early evening, you can see fleet Mercury rise up frpm the horizon.


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