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April 12, 2024

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  • Moon and Leo

    The star El Nath, which marks the tip of one of the horns of Taurus, the bull, is close above the Moon at nightfall. The Moon will slide closer to it during the evening.

  • Vaporizing Planet

    The constellation Aquarius is in the east and southeast at dawn tomorrow. One of its most interesting features is a star system known as WASP-69. It has a giant planet that is so close to the star that the planet is vaporizing from the intense heat.

  • More Moon and Planets

    The crescent Moon snuggles close to two of the three largest planets in the solar system early this evening. The largest, Jupiter, looks like a brilliant star below the Moon. Uranus, the third-largest, is above Jupiter, but you need binoculars to see it.

Moon Phases

At the new Moon phase, the Moon is so close to the Sun in the sky that none of the side facing Earth is illuminated (position 1 in illustration). In other words, the Moon is between Earth and Sun. At first quarter, the half-lit Moon is highest in the sky at sunset, then sets about six hours later (3). At full Moon, the Moon is behind Earth in space with respect to the Sun. As the Sun sets, the Moon rises with the side that faces Earth fully exposed to sunlight (5).

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