Stargazing: Crescent Moon and Saturn


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This week, let's return our attention to the celestial show taking place above the west-southwestern horizon. There, stargazers can find an attractive pairing between the moon and Saturn.

Sunday night, the moon's eastward movement away from the sun took our closest celestial neighbor to within a few degrees of our dazzling bright evening star Venus, and its orbit will take it to within 5 degrees to the left of fainter Saturn tonight.

Begin your search tonight in the west-southwestern sky for the pairing of the crescent moon and Saturn at 8:15. Beacon-like Venus will sit within 10 degrees of the horizon, and the 4-day-old waxing crescent moon will be positioned about 12 degrees to the upper right of Venus. Fainter Saturn will sit about 4 degrees to the right of the crescent moon.

The celestial show will continue in the west-southwestern sky next week. As Saturn sinks to the horizon, it will pair up for a close encounter

-- By Dan Malerbo,

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