SEE THE MOON MOVE IN THE SKIES On September 8 2013
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On Sunday 8th September watch the Moon shift position right in front of your eyes if you watch the western sky near the horizon for about an hour from soon after sunset to past 8 pm. (see picture below)
The star Spica, seen to the left of the crescent Moon, is just above the moon at sunset, but after only an hour you will see that it will appear below the crescent Moon.
What has actually happened is that since the Moon moves relatively fast, while the star is practically stationary, it is the Moon which has actually moved up.
The presence of the star Spica close to the crescent Moon has given us a chance to see this movement of this heavenly body.
All planets and the Moon move from west to east relative to the fixed background of stars.
The extremely bright star above the Moon -Spica pair is none other than the evening star, the planet Venus.
The thin crescent Moon and brilliant Venus presents a very attractive sight in the evening sky.