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Monkey-Bar Moon Swings From Jupiter To Saturn This Week

3 Oct 2019, 16:50 UTC
Monkey-Bar Moon Swings From Jupiter To Saturn This Week
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The waxing crescent swings from Jupiter to Saturn in the coming nights. It’s Jupiter’s turn tonight. Stellarium
My older daughter used to love to swing from the monkey bars at our local playground. She’d lean forward and lunge toward the nearest bar, grab it and use the momentum of her body to swing forward and grab the next bar. And the next and the next until she’d gleefully arrive at the other side.
Jupiter and Saturn are like those rungs on the monkey bars. Tonight the waxing crescent moon will grab hold of Jupiter, dangle for the night and then swing over to Saturn on Saturday and hang there, too. These close approaches of the moon to a planet are called conjunctions. During both conjunctions the moon will stand about 2° or four lunar diameters from each planet at dusk.
Use these simulated views to help you find Jupiter in the daytime sky. Stellarium with additions by the author
Tonight just look toward the southwest (sunset direction) at dusk and find the moon. Jupiter will shine just to its lower right. As the sky darkens they’ll look even prettier. Don’t go out too late though! The duo sinks into the ...

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