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Thin Crescent Covers The Beehive Cluster Wednesday Morning

28 Aug 2019, 02:45 UTC
Thin Crescent Covers The Beehive Cluster Wednesday Morning
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Binocular view of the 6-percent illuminated crescent moon passing in front of the Beehive Star Cluster tomorrow morning (Aug. 28) at dawn. Stellarium
I apologize for being a little late with this but wanted to share the news because there’s still time to see it. Tomorrow morning (Aug. 28), the very thin crescent moon will be making its last pass across the Beehive Cluster in Cancer until June 2026. The Beehive is a naked-eye star cluster that looks like a fuzzy spot in the constellation Cancer the Crab. Through binoculars that fuzz resolves into dozens of individual stars.
Tomorrow morning the very thin waning crescent moon will clear the trees shortly before the start of dawn. You probably won’t see the cluster with the unaided eye because of low altitude and minor moonlight, but binoculars will reveal a beautiful scene with the delicate moon hovering in the foreground against a patchwork of pretty stars. The moon’s path varies across the sky from year to year because its orbit is inclined about 5° to that of the Earth. Some years its path crosses the Beehive, others not. After tomorrow the moon will pass near but not over the cluster for more ...

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