Moon conjunctions in October, Dean Regas takes observatory road trip

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Crescent moon next to dazzling Venus.

This month, as we look up toward the skies, we take a peek at what the moon is up to and embark on a winding road trip to some historic observatories across the country.

Oct. 9-15: The moon’s getting around

What’s that bright star next to the moon? It’s probably a planet. And this month, the moon will pass by our sister planet, rendezvous with the lord of the rings and then quickly visit the largest planet in our solar system.

The classic astronomy view will happen on Oct. 9 when the crescent moon will hang just above the dazzling planet Venus in the darkening sky. Face west and as the sun sets, you’ll notice first the moon then bright Venus will pop out. Check out the pair as darkness falls and they slowly set together in the west.

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