The Moon was aligned with Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus last night Dec. 10. We were visiting our son, his wife, and our 2 ½ year old grandson. I set up their telescope after dinner for some views. First was the Moon. This image is a composite by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter for last night and shows our view.
Our grandson was first in line to look. He placed his face close to the eyepiece the way he saw me do it. I could see the bright moonlight through the eyepiece was shining on his nose. With some careful nudging, I was able to move his head to the side just enough so the moonlight shined into one of his eyes. Then, I heard a giggle. What a satisfying sound to hear. He pulled away and looked up at the Moon. He went back to the eyepiece and there was another giggle. I said to him that it was very cool. He agreed and said the big moon was cool.
After everyone had a good look, I pointed the scope to Jupiter, Saturn, and then the crescent Venus. After our grandson saw Venus, he asked to see the big moon again. Of course, I was happy to give him as many views as possible. Tonight will be clear again. We will take another look.