Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Jupiter and Spica

Artist's rendering of tomorrow morning's Moon/Spica/Jupiter celestial grouping. (Illustration: Andrew Facekas, SkySafari)

Artist’s rendering of tomorrow morning’s Moon/Spica/Jupiter celestial grouping. (Illustration: Andrew Fazekas, SkySafari)

Not content with merely helping us spot Regulus earlier this month, the moon continues its guided tour of the night sky with a stop near Jupiter and Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. The best view will be in the southwestern sky at dawn tomorrow. Because, of course, it will be.

If this keeps up, I may have to rename this series the Predawn Sky Watch. Or even more accurately, the Stupid O’Clock Sky Watch. Can we please have an astronomical event at a reasonable hour next time?

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Nine-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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2 Responses to Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Jupiter and Spica

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    Now, Spica I’m interested in. Why? Because it’s the main star, the “alpha” star in Virgo, which is the realm of the galaxies. If the weather cooperates, I can spot over a thousand galaxies in the area in the next couple of months. However, as in years past, the weather usually doesn’t cooperate and I’ll be lucky to spot a few dozen! The area is so crowded, it’s hard to tell them all apart and takes precise navigation and good charts and sometimes descriptions and photos to differentiate which is which. I’m crossing my fingers for the next few months!

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    • Shala Howell says:

      If the weather cooperates indeed. Here we are also contending with immense light pollution. I’ve learned that if the cloud cover doesn’t completely thwart me, the light pollution will. Still I keep looking up and hoping. One day, I’ll see something cool, right?

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