Moon, Regulus, Jupiter

The Moon will pass south of Regulus in the night of April 6/7,

closely enough to occult the star – though only as seen from the southern Pacific.

For more about diagrams of this kind, see the “Occultations” page to be found through the “Astronomical Calendar 2017” link above.

Only 5 hours later the Moon is at ascending node through the ecliptic.  It is a fat Moon, approaching its Full phase, which it will reach on Apr. 11.  In that part of the sky, opposite to the Sun and rising as the Sun sets, is Jupiter, which will be at its moment of opposition later into the day of April 7 (at 21 Universal Time, which is 5 PM in eastern North America, 4 in the Central zone, 2 in the west).

 

3 thoughts on “Moon, Regulus, Jupiter”

  1. It’s funny: I have saved thirty or so of these weekly posts, far more than any work, girlfriend, or otherwise related emails. I read them first, and save them longest.

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