Hoax Alert

Just a heads up…There’s some a hoax going around the place claiming the moon, Jupiter, and Venus will form a “smiley face” on May 16th. Unfortunately it won’t happen – for a start the Moon will be about 40% illuminated being the day after first quarter and rises about 00:36 local time in the constellation of Aquarius.

Venus will set in the early evening and Jupiter and Saturn are sitting much higher in the sky between Sagittarius and Capricorn.

The photo shown in the articles comes from years ago on December 1st 2008 but it always nice to go out and check the sky any way

Donna the Astronomer

I am a keen astronomer lucky enough to live and work in Coonabarabran the Astronomy Capital of Australia! I am a ‘Drover’s Brat’ and discoverer of a couple of comets and asteroids. I operate Milroy Observatory and can show you how to best integrate dark sky experiences into your tourism, farm stay or AirBnB business.

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  1. Ggreybeard

    I’m aware of this ignorant hoax but have not actually received one yet. Maybe that’s because I’m tired of Facebook.
    It’s good that astronomers are promptly debunking it.

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