This Easter weekend, step outside on the early morning of Good Friday, and treat yourself to a celestial spectacle. As dawn approaches, the night sky unveils the waning Moon positioned below Scorpius, and in the constellation of Libra.

The Southern Hemisphere offers a privileged view of Scorpius, its distinct shape resembling a celestial scorpion poised in the vastness of space. As the night fades away and the first light of dawn emerges, take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the cosmic ballet playing out above.

This Good Friday, embrace the tranquillity of the predawn hours, where the Moon and Scorpius collaborate to create a serene and enchanting scene in the canvas of the Southern night sky.

When and where to look:

From 4.30am until 5.30am it will be dark enough before the Sun rises around 6.30am on Good Friday, 29th March. You’ll find Scorpius in the western sky.

Image is a screenshot of Stellarium showing the waning Moon below Scorpius on March 29
The waning Moon is below Scorpius on 29th March

Something Interesting:

Ever wondered why the Easter date changes each year? Sometimes Easter date is in early April, or late April, or even late March. The date of Easter changes each year because it is based on the lunar calendar. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the March equinox, ensuring it occurs between March 22 and April 25. This calculation method aligns with traditions dating back centuries and accommodates variations in lunar and solar cycles. Head over to our friends at Stargazers Club WA and find out more in this post ‘Why Does the Easter Date Change Each Year?

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