Astronomy: Catch a look at the King of Luck – Jupiter

…hope you get a cloudless sky for observing Jupiter and the waning Lady Moon. Jupiter is still transiting through the constellation of Leo, goes in retro today and will be in Cancer again at the 4th of February 2015. The Lady Moon is transiting through Cancer and the goddess of love, Venus, is entering the constallation Sagittarius today and Sol will be at the 18th also in Sagittarius. If you are born with Venus in Sagittarius and looking for love, chances are very high, you find what you are looking for.
Take a note in your calendar if you are interested to watch meteor showers, as the Geminids will be active at the 13th and 14th of December. If you have any wishes you want to send to higher forces – you get the chance to place them. Just a reminder: Focus your wishes on issues you want to get solved or out of your life/mind, as we will move till the 22nd through the negative (waning) phase of the Lady Moon…

Start watching Jupiter. Moon shows you how on December 9

2014-dec-9-jupiter-moon-night-sky-chart

Tonight for December 9, 2014

Moon Phase Courtesy U.S. Naval Observatory

The moon, planet Jupiter and the star Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, light up the southwest sky before dawn.

Jupiter and 4 largest moons

Tonight – December 9, 2014 – if you stay up at least until mid-evening, you can catch the dazzling planet Jupiter at a turning point in its year. On December 9, Jupiter is said to appear stationary in front of the constellation Leo the Lion. That means it begins its retrograde motion in front of the stars. And that means the best time for watching Jupiter is here! It’ll be easiest to spot in our sky over the coming months. Tonight – and for the next several nights – the moon is near Jupiter in the sky. Let the moon show you Jupiter tonight, then enjoy it for months to come.

In astronomy, the start of retrograde motion of an outer planet like Jupiter always means the planet is soon to be at its best in our sky. It happens when that planet seems to stop and then change its normal eastward direction of motion in front of the background stars.

Normally, Jupiter moves toward the east in front of the stars as seen from Earth. Tonight, the planet appears poised in front of the stars – moving neither east nor west. Astronomers call this called Jupiter’s stationary point. Afterwards, Jupiter will begin moving westward in front of the constellation Leo, as seen from our earthly vantage point.

What’s happening here? Has Jupiter really changed its direction of motion in orbit? No. What we’re seeing is an illusion, which baffled the early astronomers, but which now seems perfectly understandable.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/jupiter-appears-to-stop-then-change-direction?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=a3ab852d8f-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-a3ab852d8f-394135781

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