January 29: Conjunction of the Moon and the star Regulus

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January 29: Conjunction of the Moon and the star Regulus

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Today, January 29, 2021, the phenomenon of the Conjunction of the Moon and the star Regulus will be occurring, beginning at dusk in an easterly direction.

The closest approach between the Moon and the star Regulus will be approximately 09:00 UTC on the 30th, while the Magnitude of the star Regulus will be +1.4.

Moon:

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 proportional size with respect 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 being 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 that it formed 4.5 billion years ago after a great 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.

Regulus:

Regulus (α Leonis / α Leo / 32 Leonis / GJ 9316) is the name of the brightest star in the constellation Leo. It is one of the four Mesopotamian “royal stars”, along with Aldebaran (α Tauri), Antares (α Scorpii) and Fomalhaut (α Piscis Austrini).

Visually it is blue in color and has an apparent magnitude of +1.35. It is almost on the ecliptic at only about 25 arc minutes, and towards August 23 it is on the other side of the Sun although the Sun does not hide it.

Its declination (celestial latitude) is about 12 degrees positive (+ 12º) with respect to the celestial equator, which means that it is in the northern celestial hemisphere and that it is seen passing through the zenith from 12º N while from 77º S it is seen on the horizon. It reaches its peak at midnight around February 20.

According to the precessional movement that modifies the coordinates of the stars, 44 centuries ago (around 2,400 BC, in the time of the Old Kingdom of Egypt) the solstice points coincided towards the position of Regulus, so that then their culmination at midnight coincided with the winter solstice (in the Northern hemisphere) and its culmination at noon (with the Sun) with the summer solstice. In 22 centuries, around 4200 AD, the equinoctial point is the one that will be very close to Regulus.

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