Saturday, November 19, 2011

Watch an interesting combination Early Saturday Morning: Two Planets and a Star

Full Story: Yahoo News 19 Nov

If you’re up after midnight early on Saturday morning (Nov. 19), you should be able to see a celestial gathering of a bright star, a bright planet and a rather wide waning crescent moon. Look out towards the east-northeast sky at around 1 a.m. local time, to find a triangle in the sky composed of the three cosmic bodies.

These three cosmic bodies are: 
The star is Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation of Leo, the Lion. The planet in the triangle is Mars, which comes up over the east-northeast horizon shortly before midnight. The moon, as noted, is now a crescent phase, having just passed its last quarter phase earlier this week.  
Once the trio climbs high into the eastern sky in the predawn hours on Saturday, you’ll see that they’ll seem to resemble an isosceles triangle, which has at least two equal sides.


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