See it all – Moon, Jupiter, aldebaran, Pleiades, Orion, Taurus

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A great chance to see so much tonight. Look west at sunset to see the lazy crescent moon, lying on its back. You simply can’t miss Jupiter nearby because it’s the brightest starlike object in the evening sky – brighter than any star. Now look to the left – see three stars in a line that make up Orions’s belt. Between the moon and Orion you’ll see a set of stars in a V shape. They make up the face and horns of Taurus the bull. The brightest star of that V is Aldebaran- the eye of the bull – a star in the twilight of its life. Now the hardest part. Look right of the moon and Jupiter and you see a small fuzzy blob called Pleiadas, one of the few constellations where the stars are actually close to each other in space. The Pleiades star cluster is composed of hundreds of stars that were born out of the same vast cloud of gas and dust in space. The Pleiades stars are still moving together through the galaxy. If you have binoculars, use them to get a better view of the Pleiades cluster. It won’t be much longer before Pleiades drops out of the evening sky.

A wonderful opportunity to recognize celestial objects far and near.

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10 comments on “See it all – Moon, Jupiter, aldebaran, Pleiades, Orion, Taurus

  1. Wasn’t able to catch this the night of the 14th, but if it was anything like the photo I know it was amazing. It is so cool to see and know that what we learn in the classroom actually happens in real life and it is visible.

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  2. I really wish I had a telescope so that I could have seen them more clearly. Yet another thing to add to the wish list, I suppose. I took a picture with my camera the other night, when Jupiter was pretty visible, but I didn’t even realize that I was also seeing the Pleiades as well as Taurus!

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  3. I am excited to see these planets and stars! I always have a difficult time locating objects in the sky, but I will give it my best shot tonight! It is cool Pleiadas and Jupiter will be at the sunset tonight.

    Natalie Cannon

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  4. I am going to take advantage of this opportunity to see the this planets and stars. especially today because ill be in white sands so it will be perfect time.

    Aurelio Miralda

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