Astro Bob: The moon throws out more candy

You’d think we’d get a break after the solar eclipse, but no, the moon has more in store for us.

Friday, June 11, if you look low in the northwestern sky between 45 and 75 minutes after sunset, you’ll see a very thin lunar crescent a short distance to the right of Venus. They’ll be about 3 degrees apart seen from the East Coast and 1 3/4 degrees from the West Coast. The separation changes because the moon is moving east (left, toward Venus) as it orbits the Earth. By the time it’s twilight in San Francisco, the moon will have set for New Yorkers but moved considerably closer to Venus.

The moon occults or covers the 3rd magnitude star Mebsuta from the West Coast shortly after sundown June 11. This simulation shows the view from Seattle, with the star hovering at the moon’s edge at 8:24 p.m. local time, about a minute before the moon covers it. Mebsuta pops out the other side of the moon at 10:06 p.m. (Stellarium)

The same night, observers in Oregon and Washington will also get to see the moon

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