Living in Toronto or the north east? You could be in for a show tonight as a perfect alignment of a Pink Moon, Jupiter, and Spica are set to soar across the skyline.
At approximately 8:27 p.m. the full moon (pink) will rise in the East and Jupiter will trail it across the night’s sky.
If you have a telescope or a good set of binoculars, tonight is an excellent night to break them out. The alignment is expected to reach it’s peak at midnight.
Spica, also designated Alpha Virginis, is the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo and the 16th brightest star in the night sky. Analysis of its parallax shows that it is located 250 ± 10 light years from the Sun. It is a spectroscopic binary and rotating ellipsoidal variable; a system whose two main stars are so close together they are egg-shaped rather than spherical, and can only be separated by their spectra. The primary is a blue giant and a variable star of the Beta Cephei type.
The moon won’t actually be pink as pictured above. The phenomena is known as the Pink moon based on traditional and native American Interpretations that have stuck in society.
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