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January 23: Conjunction of the Moon, the Pleiades and Aldebaran

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Today, January 23, 2021, the Conjunction of the Moon, the Pleiades and Aldebaran will be occurring, starting in a Southeast direction at dusk.

The closest approach between the Moon and the Pleiades will be at 10:00 UTC; while between the Moon and Aldebaran it will be at 04:00 UTC. The Magnitude of Aldebaran will be +1.0.


The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. With an equatorial diameter of 3476 km, it is the fifth largest satellite in the solar system, while in terms of size proportional to its planet it is the largest satellite: a quarter of the diameter of the Earth and 1/81 of its mass. After Io, it is also the second densest satellite. It is in synchronous relationship with the Earth, always showing the same face towards the planet. The visible hemisphere is marked with dark lunar seas of volcanic origin between the bright ancient mountains and the prominent astroblems.

Despite apparently being the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, its surface is actually very dark, with a reflection similar to that of coal. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have made the Moon an object with an important cultural influence since ancient times in language, calendar, art or mythology. The gravitational influence of the Moon produces the tides and increases the length of the day. The orbital distance of the Moon, about thirty times the diameter of the Earth, makes it appear in the sky the same size as the Sun and allows the Moon to exactly cover the Sun in total solar eclipses.

The Moon is the only celestial body in which the human being has made a manned descent. Although the Soviet Union’s Moon program was the first to reach the Moon with an unmanned spacecraft, the United States’ Apollo program conducted the only manned missions to the Earth satellite to date, beginning with the first manned lunar orbit by Apollo. 8 in 1968, and six manned lunar landings between 1969 and 1972, the first being Apollo 11 in 1969, and the last Apollo 17. These missions returned with more than 380 kg of lunar rock, which have allowed a detailed geological understanding of the origins of the Moon (it is believed to have formed 4.5 billion years ago after a major impact), the formation of its internal structure, and its subsequent history.

In 1970, the Soviet Union put the first robotic vehicle controlled from the ground on the surface: Lunojod 1. The rover was sending photographs and videos of the surface that it traveled (10 km) for almost a year.

Since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, it has been visited only by unmanned space probes, in particular by the Soviet spacecraft Lunojod 2. Since 2004, Japan, China, India, the United States, and the European Space Agency have sent orbiters. These spacecraft have confirmed the discovery of icy water attached to the lunar regolith in craters that are in the permanent shadow zone and are located at the poles. Future manned missions to the Moon have been planned, but have not yet been launched.

The Moon remains, under the Treaty on Outer Space, free for any nation to explore for peaceful purposes.

The Pleiades:

The Pleiades or The Seven Sisters (Messier 45 or M45) is an open star cluster that contains hot stars of spectral type B, of short age, located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the closest star clusters to Earth, and is the best visible cluster to the naked eye in the night sky. The Pleiades host a prominent place in ancient mythology, as well as a diversity of meanings in different cultures and traditions.

The cluster is dominated by extremely bright, blue hot stars that have formed in the last 120 million years. The dust that forms a faint reflection nebula around the brightest stars was originally thought to come from a disintegration of the cluster formation itself (hence the alternative name for Maia nebula instead of Maia star), but is now known to be an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium, through which the stars are currently passing. And the above is based on the different values ​​obtained for the radial velocity of the Pleiades, and the radial velocity of the nebula that seems to surround them. Computer simulations have shown that the Pleiades probably formed from a compact configuration that resembles the Orion Nebula. Astronomers estimate that the group will survive for approximately another 250 million years, after which time it will disperse due to gravitational interactions in its galactic environment.


Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri / α Tau / 87 Tauri / HIP 21421) is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus (“El Toro”) and the thirteenth brightest in the night sky. Of apparent magnitude +0.85, it is orange-red in color. Although visually it appears to be the brightest member of the open Hyades cluster, it is not actually part of it and is simply in the same line of sight. Together with Sirius (α Canis Majoris) and Arthur (α Bootis), he allowed Edmund Halley to discover the proper motion of the stars by comparing their positions at the time with those in ancient catalogs.

The name Aldebaran comes from the Arabic الدبران, al-dabarān, which means “the one that follows”, referring to the fact that this star follows the Pleiades cluster in its nocturnal journey through the sky. Many popular fables use it to designate the persistent man and woman who does not accept defeat.

Ptolemy called it “bearer of the torch”, and in Greek it also received the name of Omma Boos, a name that was later translated literally into Latin: Oculus Tauri (eye of the bull). In the 17th century, the astronomer Giovanni Riccioli named it more specifically Oculus Australis (“eye of the south”).

In Persia the star was known as Satvis and Kugard. The Persian astronomer Al Biruni cited Al Fanik (“the stallion camel”), Al Fatik (“the fat camel”), and Al Muhdij (“the female camel”) as indigenous Arabic names for this star. In ancient Rome it received the name of Palilicium, a term that comes from Palilia or Parilia, the feast of Pales, a pastoral deity in Roman mythology. The title of Hrusa designated this star in ancient Bohemia.

In Hindu astronomy she is identified with the nakshatra – lunar mansion – of Rohini, and is one of the twenty-seven daughters of Daksha and the wife of the god Chandra.

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