The information in this article depicts the Moons position and relation to other stars tonight only as a viewing reference.
This image is a screen shot from The Sky star charting software. The view is looking East North East from South Florida, 26 degrees N Latitude. This is showing the moon in the constellation Gemini tonight and will be closer to the primary stars Castor and Pollux on Saturday night. The Moons brightness will wash out all but the brightest stars. The Red Giant Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion is the bright star to the right of the Moon.
- Earth-Moon distance: 391807.1 km (243458.3 miles)
- True Equatorial RA: 06h 06m 24.9s Dec: +21°52'01"
- Rise: 16:28 Transit: 23:27 Set: 05:37
- Angular diameter: 00°30'45"
- Azm: 78°54'51" Alt: +29°31'45" (with refraction: 29°33'29" )
- Phase: 98.15 %, Phase angle: 15.63°
- Position angle of the bright limb: 265.1°
- True ecliptical coordinates: Lambda: 91°29'20" Beta: 01°33'47"
- Parallax: 00°55'57.887"
- Geocentric angular diameter: 00°30'30"
Updated for Sunday Janurary 8th 2012
This chart shows the Moon 24 hours later for Sunday night, notice the Moon being closer to Caster and Pollux. The idea here was to show the Moons movement through the sky from night to night in relation to the stars which appear to be in the same place.
Phase: 99.87 %
In this image I turned off the dimmer stars and highlighted a few of the Deep Space objects in the neighborhood. They are best viewed with a telescope on a moonless night.
Updated: Friday the 13th 2012
Friday the 13th oh my! This was just cool to see on the chart, there is a lot there that we don’t think about very often. The green bottom border is the horizon in the west. Not much chance viewing anything with a telescope there at this time, but the binocs will show Venus 80% full. The stars shown are only out to magnitude 6.
This article was published as a quick reference for my friends :o)