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March 12, 2013 6:26 p.m.

Weather permitted, a waxing crescent Moon from our line of sight here on the Earth will appear sandwiched between the planet Jupiter and the bright star Aldebaran on Sunday, March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day.

To observe this spectacular event, please look west at about 9:00 P.M. The planet Jupiter will appear less than 2 degrees to the upper right of the crescent Moon. About the same distance to the lower left of the Moon is the star called Aldebaran.

Aldebaran is the brightest star in the constellation of Taurus, the Bull. It represents the right red eye of the bull. This star is about 68 light years away, and is actually a double or binary star.

Associated with Aldebaran is an open cluster of stars called the Hyades. This open cluster of stars easily visible to the unaided eye, plus Aldebaran, form a “V” shaped star group and represents the face of the bull.

 

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