Venus is the brighter “star” that appears very close to the horizon, shortly before dawn. Regulus is the much fainter star beside it while Jupiter shines a little way above it.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
08:20 UT – Venus passes 48’ north of Regulus. (97% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, diameter 10.0”, Leo, pre-dawn sky.)
12:35 UT – Venus is at perihelion. Distance to Sun: 0.718 AU. (97% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, diameter 10.0”, Leo, pre-dawn sky.)
Saturn decreases it’s apparent diameter to 16.0”. (Magnitude 0.6, Libra, evening sky.)
The Epsilon Perseid meteor shower begins tonight. (Zenith Hourly Rate:5)
The bright star Fomalhaut culminates at midnight tonight. (Piscis Austrinus, all night.)
Events in bold involve objects that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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