The Moon reappears and climbs past four planets.


It passed Mars and Mercury on May 18 and 19, but Mars was then only 8 degrees from the Sun and Mercury 15. Now it will go about 8 degrees south of Venus on May 21, and 5 degrees south of Jupiter on May 24.

In the picture, the positions for the Moon are for eastern America (at the same time in the evening for Europe the Moon will have been 5 hours back along its path). The “+” figures are the “age” of the Moon – the number of hours since it was New.

3 thoughts on “Moonladder”

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing the Moon this lunar month. We’ve been having cloudy weather here on the California coast, so even though there would have been a slight possibility of seeing the less-than-24-hour-old Moon on Monday evening, and a very good chance to see the Moon yesterday evening, all I’ve been able to see is the underside of low stratus clouds.

    1. yeah,,,, skies in da Bronx have not been too cooperative except for Tuesday after my grueling afternoon in a dentist chair and was in no mood to go out to look at what probably was the best looking sky all week, kick my in the pants for not, but today, as the moon is rising and sky and forecasts are looking much better, I figure the waxing crescent should be about midway tween Jupiter and Venus, so any time after noon today might be a great time to look for them.
      .Gotta run now and take care of some gardening issues…. later….

  2. Ah, Guy, I was waiting for this one as I’ve been sending emails out to all my astronomy fans to keep their eyes on this waxing crescent moon as it passes all these planets, two clearly visible in daylight.
    I, with my trained eye, have been spotting Venus and Jupiter for several weeks already, but now, with the moon as a guidepost, it’s much easier to guide one’s eyes to the gleaming planets. May I also add a website that gives great info for moon,,, it’s lit surface, rise and set time, etc, I follow it closely at crucial times…. here it is…

    It’s an inter-active site so anyone can set it to hers/his own time zone.

    And please, don’t intimate that your last publication of my cherished, as the Bible, of the Astronomical Calendar will be your last. I’ll be lost without it.

    Now, as the skies here in NYC are clearing, and the moon’s just over 8 percent lit side visible, I’m going back outside now to see how good it gets. I hope all you other fans get a good look at this. I think it’s just fantastic!!!

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