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Catch the moon, Spica and Saturn low in southwest after sunset

1 Sep 2011, 07:01 UTC
Catch the moon, Spica and Saturn low in southwest after sunset
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The new moon fell on Monday, August 29, passing from the morning to the evening sky. Look for the lunar crescent near Spica and Saturn after sunset September 1.

The new moon fell on Monday, August 29. New moon is the time each month when the moon passes most nearly between the Earth and sun. It’s when the moon is traveling across the sky with the sun during the day.
When and where will you next see the moon? At each new moon, the moon passes from the morning to the evening sky. In the several days after new moon, a thin waxing crescent moon shows up in the west at dusk.
That could happen tonight. Will you see the young crescent moon and Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, and the planet Saturn low in the west after sunset tonight? Good chance, if it’s clear and no obstructions block your view of the southwestern sky.
The moon moves continuously in orbit around Earth. As seen on our sky’s dome, the orbital motion of the moon carries our companion world farther from the sun-Earth line each day. And thus tonight’s moon is farther from the sunset than ...

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