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Night Sky: moon glides through Taurus


Andrew Fazekas, reporting
October 14, 2011 — What's in the night sky this week? The moon is set to glide through one of the most famous and ancient constellations.


The moon is set to glide through one of the most famous and ancient constellations in the sky
The moon is set to glide through one of the most famous and ancient constellations in the sky

The next few nights Canadain skywatchers can waytch the Moon glide through one of the most famous and ancient constellations in the entire sky. Known as Taurus the Bull, the constellation is home to a couple of favourite stargazing targets and the moon will act as a convenient guidepost to track them down.

First up on Friday, Oct 9th the Moon will pair up with the Pleiades star cluster. A group of stars located 400 light years from Earth, the Pleiades is one of th closest clusters to our planet. To the naked eye it appears as a fuzzy patch of light - where you can distinguish 4 to 7 stars. With binoculars and small telescopes the Pleiades explodes to well over 40 stars.

If you get clouded out, Saturday Oct.15th you will get another chance to see the cosmic pair, but the Moon wil have jumped to the other side of the cluster.

Then on Sunday, Oct.16th the Moon will position itself nearby the famed Crab nebula, a supernova remnant that has been expanding for nearly a thousand years. Chinese astronomers recorded a bright star shining for two weeks in the constellation Taurus in 1054 AD. Today we see it as a tiny expanding cloud through backyard telescopes and know that it lies a whopping 6,500 light years from Earth.

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