The Waning Crescent Moon Encounters Cancer

 

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September 26th, 2016

The waning crescent Moon passes through the constellation of Cancer the Crab in the pre-dawn twilight this morning. Look for it midway between the stars of winter and spring with Pollux, Procyon and Regulus appearing nearby.

If you live in the United Kingdom and have a pair of binoculars you have a rare bonus this morning – if you’re prepared to get up a little early for it. Turn your binoculars toward the Moon and you may catch sight of the Praesepe, or Beehive Cluster, just to the upper left of the Moon, but don’t wait too late – the sky is brightening with the dawn and the cluster will soon vanish into the twilight.

 

Adapted from 2016: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom) and 2016: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.) For an easy guide to learn the constellations in the night sky, try Signpots to the Stars (see image and links below.)

 

 

2016 An Astronomical Year Paperback Cover 2016 The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac 2015-2019

Easy Things to See With a Small Telescope

2016: An Astronomical Year 2016: The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) Signposts to the Stars

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