Lunar Fountain of Youth Challenge / Mercury Returns with Gusto
A day-old Moon filled out with earthshine floats over the Spirit Mountain ski hill in Duluth, Minn. this past January. Skywatchers have a chance to see a similar thin crescent Sunday night. Credit: Bob King
16th century Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León looked and looked but never did find the Fountain of Youth, a spring rumored to restore one’s youth if you bathed or drank from its waters. If he had, I might have interviewed him for this story.
Sunday night, another symbol of youth beckons skywatchers the world over. A fresh-faced, day-young crescent Moon will hang in the western sky in the company of the planets Mars and Mercury. While I can’t promise a wrinkle-free life, sighting it may send a tingle down your spine reminding you of why you fell in love with astronomy in the first place. (…)
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