Memorial Day Skywatching: See the Half Moon Pass Mars
by Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist
Date: 27 May 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET
|This sky map shows the location of Mars near the moon in
the southwest on May 28, 2012, as wellas the positions of Saturn and
two bright stars, at 9 p.m. local time from mid-northern latitudes.
CREDIT: Starry Night Software
Monday evening bring us a first quarter moon, offering U.S. skywatchers a chance to close out the Memorial Day holiday with a lunar treat and the fading planet Mars.
The first quarter moon is also sometimes called the "half" moon, although as darkness falls across North America close inspection with binoculars or a small telescope may reveal that there is actually a little more than half of the moon illuminated by the sun. That's because the actual moment of first quarter occurred earlier in the afternoon at 4:16 p.m. EDT or 1:16 p.m. PDT (2016 GMT).
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