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Moon between Jupiter, Pleiades a.m. August 21

20 Aug 2011, 07:01 UTC
Moon between Jupiter, Pleiades a.m. August 21
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Around midnight (or later) the moon rises in the east, in between the planet Jupiter and the famous Pleiades cluster – also known as the Seven Sisters.

The moon is not quite yet at its last quarter phase as it rises over the eastern horizon at or around midnight, in between the blazing planet Jupiter and the Pleiades star cluster. All three luminaries – the Pleiades cluster, the waning gibbous moon and Jupiter – will swing upward during the morning hours after midnight on Sunday. They will shine high in the south as morning dawn starts to color the sky.
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Our chart is for North American mid-northern latitudes. The sky scene looks similar at mid-northern latitudes in Europe, Africa and Asia, except that the moon resides closer to Jupiter on the sky’s dome. However, the moon is still found in between the Pleiades cluster and Jupiter. If the lunar glare interferes with your view of the Pleiades, scan this glorious cluster with binoculars.
As for the southern hemisphere, the celestial threesome rises totally above the east-northeast horizon a few hours after ...

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