Watch the moon cross Taurus the Bull in the night sky this week

The moon is passing through the constellation Taurus the week of March 10, 2022 as seen in this Stellarium sky map.
The moon is passing through the constellation Taurus the week of March 10, 2022 as seen in this Stellarium sky map. (Image credit: Stellarium)

The moon will pass by the Seven Sisters and other famous parts of Taurus as it crosses through the constellation this week.

Starting Monday (March 7), the moon entered the bottom of the bright constellation, which is also known as 'The Bull.' Taurus is one of the 12 zodiacal constellations that lies along the ecliptic, or the path of the sun, moon and planets through our sky, along the plane of the solar system.

The moon then proceeded through the constellation on the following nights. Tuesday (March 8) marked an eye-catching opportunity, as the moon went by the Pleiades, a group of young stars also known as the Seven Sisters. (The group has far more than seven members, but you can see about seven with the naked eye.)

On Wednesday (March 9), the moon passed by the bright star and "bull's eye" Aldebaran, before beginning to pass out of the constellation on Thursday (March 10).

If you're hoping to snap photos of these lunar alignments, we can help. Check out our guide on how to photograph the moon. If you're looking for a camera, here's our overview on the best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography.

If you have a telescope or a set of binoculars handy, you may be able to catch some glimpses of other interesting objects in Taurus. They might be hard to see for now, however, given the moon is moving toward its full phase.

The Hyades is the other major star cluster within Taurus. It is less grouped together than the Pleiades, but it is still a spectacular view of stars in a V-shape. You can spot the Hyades by looking for Aldebaran. This shape also makes up the bull's "face."

You might also be able to spot Messier 1, more commonly referred to as the Crab Nebula. This is the remnant of a massive star explosion, called a supernova. Back in 2018, NASA created a video tour of this nebula based on data from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope.

Taurus is the official constellation designation of this sky region by the International Astronomical Union, but it may be that your culture has a different name for the region. Regardless, the moon will have some striking alignments in the sky this week, so if the sky is clear be sure not to miss them.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. Elizabeth's reporting includes an exclusive with Office of the Vice-President of the United States, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and (soon) a Bachelor of History from Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace