Friday night look toward the east around 9 p.m. The moon will be 30 degrees above the horizon and halfway between the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters (above the moon) and Taurus the Bull (below the moon).

If you have an especially clear eastern horizon, you will see Orion the Hunter partially risen along the horizon. The bright moon will dim the beauty of the Pleiades and Taurus somewhat, but it will give you a good idea where they are situated, making them easier to find a few days later .

By Saturday  the moon will have moved eastward about 5 degrees east of Aldebaran the brightest star in Taurus. On Sunday night the moon rises at 8:06 p.m. By this time it will be a waning (growing) smaller gibbous (more than half lit) moon.

If you look toward the east on Sunday night around 10, the moon will be 21 degrees above the horizon and to the left (north) of Orion. Orion will be fully risen but low in the east. At this time the moon will be 10 degrees north of Betelgeuse, the bright red/orange star in the right shoulder of Orion. Betelgeuse is a supergiant star about 570 light years away. It is at least 85,000 times more luminous than the sun. It is so large that if it were replace the sun, it would extend out past the orbit of Mars.



Contact Tim Hunter at skyspy@tucson.com