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See the Moon buzz the Beehive Cluster on 10-11 May

6 May 2019, 15:29 UTC
See the Moon buzz the Beehive Cluster on 10-11 May
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Observers in the UK with a view low to the west about 1am BST on Saturday, 11 May 2019 (some 1½ hours before moonset for the centre of the British Isles) can see the 6-day-old waxing crescent Moon just 1½ degrees from the prominent open cluster Messier 44, otherwise known as Praesepe, or the Beehive Cluster. After the Moon has set in Western Europe its orbital motion brings it even closer to M44, actually occulting some of the cluster’s southernmost stars as seen from the Eastern Seaboard of the USA just before local midnight on on 10 May. AN graphic by Ade Ashford.The Moon was new on 4 May, so the young lunar crescent soon makes its presence known at dusk, particularly in Northern Hemisphere skies where the ecliptic makes a steeper angle to the western horizon. If you own a pair of binoculars, you may wish to take a look at the Moon on the night of 10-11 May since it lies in the constellation of Cancer, the Crab, in the same field of view as the beautiful open star cluster known as Praesepe, the Beehive Cluster, or more prosaically as Messier 44.
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