Sunday, September 27, 2009
Moon identifies Jupiter
On this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, the moon glides next to bright Jupiter, giving a positive ID of the giant planet. Simply look to the southeast at 8 pm just when darkness is falling. Look at Jupiter with binoculars. How many tiny moons in a row do you see? Don't be confused by the star just to the lower left of the planet. The moons hug the planet much closer than the star which is called Iota Capricorni.
Such is our view from Earth ...