This weekend the moon glides past several planetary way points,
including Saturn. All you'll need to enjoy this show is a clear
evening sky . On Friday, June 6th - that's tonight - the slender
crescent is below Mars and might be difficult to see, but give it a
try. You'll be looking low in the western sky after sunset. On
Saturday June 7th you'll spot the crescent moon just a little below
Mars. On the 8th, take another look! The moon is now closer to
Saturn, forming a little triangle with Leo' bright star, Regulus!
And on the 9th, the much larger crescent will be higher still above
Saturn, tracing an imaginary line along the ecliptic plane.
There's a different bright planet coming into view a little later in
the evening, too. Jupiter! You'll have to wait until about 11 p.m.
or later to see Jupiter. Look low in the east for a view of the king
of the planets.
Over the next few weeks Mars and Saturn draw closer together. On
July 10 and 11 both planets will be visible in the same telescope
Next week - June 13 and 14 will be our sidewalk astronomy nights.
See you then! Jane and Mojo
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
Cassini SOC http://soc.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm
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