Riyadh Newspaper | The crescent of the month of Safar...

The small crescent moon for the month of Safar is observed after sunset today and moving towards the beginning of the night, as it is easily seen with the naked eye on the western horizon in the sky of the Arab world, which is an ideal opportunity for photography.

The head of the Astronomical Society in Jeddah, Eng. Majed Abu Zahira, explained that the crescent moon at the age of one day will be associated with the planet Mercury, both of which are in the constellation Virgo, and the apparent distance between them will be relatively large, as they will be separated by 6 degrees, indicating that they will not appear together in the field of vision of the telescope or binoculars. when monitoring.

The head of the association stated that Mercury will appear to the naked eye as a point of light and through a medium-sized telescope, and its disk will be illuminated by 65% ​​with sunlight at the present time, indicating that during a few nights, he will notice that the unlit part of the moon’s surface glows with a dim light that is sunlight reflected from The Earth and the moon fall in a phenomenon referred to as the new moon embracing the old moon.

Engineer Abu Zahira said: “By observing the moon daily, he will notice that its illumination increases and will rise high in the sky at sunset and remain for a longer period after the beginning of the night. days of conjunction, the moon will reach the first square phase.

The head of the Astronomical Society in Jeddah attributed the reason for seeing the moon moving towards the west every day as a result of the Earth’s rotation on its axis, but the real movement of the moon is towards the east in relation to the stars and planets in the zodiac circle as it revolves around the Earth, returning this time of the lunar month is ideal for observing faint objects in The depths of space such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters are from locations outside cities because the sky will be dark after the moon sets early, which usually blurs the natural lights in the sky’s dome.

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