Half-Moon Makes Dramatic Pass at Uranus Tonight

The half-moon creeps up on the planet Uranus this evening. The two will be near each other all night in the constellation Pisces, but closest - less than one-third of a moon diameter apart - just before midnight (CST). The views are what you'll see in a pair of binoculars. The 4th magnitude star Delta Piscium is at top in the field. Source: Stellarium

The half-moon creeps up on the planet Uranus this evening. The two will be near one other all night in the constellation Pisces but closest – less than one-third of a Moon diameter apart – around 11:45 p.m. (CST). The views are what you’ll see in a pair of binoculars. The 4th magnitude star Delta Piscium is at top. Source: Stellarium

Sunlight. Moonlight. Starlight. I saw all three for the first time in weeks yesterday. Filled with photons, I feel lighter today, less burdened. Have you been under the clouds too? Let’s hope it’s clear tonight because there’s a nice event you’ll want to see if only because it’s so effortless.

The half-moon will pass very close to the planet Uranus for skywatchers across North America. Pop the rubber lens caps off those binoculars and point them at the Moon. If you look a short distance to the left you’ll notice a star-like object. That’s the planet!(…)
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