Stargazing: Moon passes our 'evening stars'


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Last Wednesday's new moon signaled the start of a new cycle of lunar phases. Our closest neighbor in space is now moving east, away from the sun, and a thin crescent moon was seen above the western horizon near our brightest "evening star" Jupiter over the weekend. The 5-day old crescent can be seen tonight in Cancer, 25 degrees above the western horizon and 20 degrees to the left of Jupiter.

The waxing moon will continue to travel through the ecliptic and the zodiac constellations of Leo and Virgo as it moves higher in the western sky and farther away from the sun this week. Look for the 7-day old waxing moon Wednesday evening 5 degrees below and to the left of Leo's brightest star Regulus. And by Saturday evening, the waxing gibbous moon will sit just below Mars in Virgo. The waxing gibbous moon will continue its eastward track through Virgo and sit 10 degrees to the right of Saturn next Monday night.


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