Rocky moon meets the ringed planet tonight

Look to the waxing gibbous moon tonight July 7 and you’ll see the planet Saturn about 1 degree above it. This map shows the sky around 10 o’clock local time. Stellarium

Forgive this ultra-brief appearance, but I’ve been exploring a virtually unknown astronomical paradise the past few days – Las Vegas! Although it seems incongruous, given Vegas’ image, the Las Vegas Astronomical Society has a very active presence here.

A recent photo posted by the Cassini spacecraft photo group shows Saturn’s magnificent rings, polar vortex and the jet stream-created polar hexagon. The hexagon, which is wider than 2 Earths, forms a six-lobed, stationary wave that wraps around the north polar regions at a latitude of roughly 77 degrees North. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The group planned a public outing for the Mars-moon conjunction on July 5 but were clouded out. Maybe tonight their members will get a clear sky for the Saturn-moon conjunction. I’ll be in a plane at 35,000 feet for the event crossing my fingers I get a window seat on the ‘right’ side.

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My name is Bob King and I work at the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth, Minn. as a photographer and photo editor. I'm also an amateur astronomer and have been keen on the sky since age 11. My modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where I'm a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Assn. and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. I also teach community education astronomy classes at our local planetarium.

3 thoughts on “Rocky moon meets the ringed planet tonight

  1. Rainy here tonight. Thanx for sharing the Saturn image!

    Speaking of planets, yesterday I watched and shot Mars in scope. Impressive gibbous phase: it’s 87% but very notable even in visual with average seeing. One can even see the smooth terminator (Venus style). This month is the best period to see it: Mars quadrature happens this month, and the planet will not get less phase than 87%.

  2. About ready for bed, 4:30 comes early enough. I got a nice glimpse of Venus this morning, heading off to work. Comet Jacques and Venus are less than 9 million miles apart on the 13th, but I do not know how close together they will occur. My parents told me that they saw a telescope at Good Will for a cheap price. I guess if it has a working lens it might be worth the money. I plan to check it out tomorrow if it is not gone already.

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