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Lunar Month Begins

26 Nov 2014, 15:46 UTC
Lunar Month Begins
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Lunar Month BeginsThanksgiving in the USA is accompanied by a young Moon, a few days into the lunar cycle and the new lunar month. I enjoy the changing face of our nearest neighbor in the Solar System, a lovely sight early in its cycle. This week we'll see the Moon pass near Mars and then wander through the faint constellation Capricorn, en route to encounters with Neptune and Uranus. The San Francisco Bay Area is being graced with clear, crisp November nights so when the Sun sets after your Thanksgiving dinner, step outside and enjoy the view to the west, and a few hours later you'll also see the spectacular bright stars and constellations of winter rising in the east.Image courtesy Sky & Telescope.

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