Monday, November 08, 2004

A reminder

Don't forget to watch for the thin crescent Moon near Venus and Jupiter on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Looking at the sky maps below (the size of the Moon is exaggerated), you might ask: Does the Moon cover the planets as it goes by? The answer is yes. These relatively rare events are called occultations. Unfortunately, the Moon occults Jupiter during daylight hours in the U. S., and occults Venus only for observers in the southwest Pacific, also in daylight.

But not to worry. Next month when the Moon comes this way it will occult Jupiter for observers in the eastern U. S. in the pre-dawn hours, well worth getting up for between 4 and 5 A.M. We'll remind you when the time comes.