Moon between Procyon and Gemini
Hey, Do you see the moon tonite. Isn’t it beautiful? So what are these stars nearby? Or are they planets? The whole week it had been raining. But now, though the sporadic showers we can have a beautiful sky tonight.
Tonight at 11:00 p.m ( local Mauritian Time), in our sky the moon which is in its waxing gibbous phase, is between three stars. The star above the moon is Procyon. Procyon is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor (the small Dog). And below the moon we have two stars Castor and Pollux. These two stars are in the constellation Gemini (the Twins).
Towards the West, you can have a look at Sirius, the brightest star in our skies. Sirius is in the constellation Canis Major (the Big Dog). And towards North West you would have to raise your head to see Mars , a bright looking yellow star in the constellation Leo. Though as I said Mars looks like a star but is not. It’s a planet. So have a look before it starts raining cats and dogs again.
Did you know that in the Southern Hemisphere, the moon passes between the Gemini stars and Procyon once a month? And people living in the Northern Hemisphere will see the moon, Gemini stars, and Procyon in their southern evening sky. They’ll see the scene “upside down,” with Procyon shining below the moon, and Castor and Pollux above the moon?
You still don’t understand? Ok, just do the up-stand position in front of the night sky, you would get the “upside down” scene.
Posted on March 31, 2012, in Observation Logs, Planet News and tagged amateur astronomers, Canis Major, Castor and Pollux, constellations, Lunar phase, Mauritius, Procyon, Sirius, Southern Hemisphere. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.