What a wonderful event, and what wonderful weather for watching it.
From 12:15am to 1:45am tomorrow morning the Moon and M44 will be their closest. The two will be high in the southwest, of course in the constellation Cancer. The 14.5-day-old Moon will have "The Manger" at first above it then shifting to its upper right, the pair remaining fewer than two-and-a-half degrees apart the whole time. At 12:15am the Moon will be seventy-seven degrees up, and sixty-three degrees up at 1:45am.
Below is the NOAA forecast for 1am...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 70%
wind chill, 2˚C
surface wind, E 5 km/h
Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that during HRPO's viewing time the transparency rating will be "transparent" (5 out of 5) and the seeing rating will be "good" (4 out of 5). The Sky Rating is therefore EXCELLENT. This may be a good photographing opportunity for those with the equipment and skill.
Our closest neighbor.
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