Although Saturn is easily visible to the naked eye and Vesta is bright enough to be seen with binoculars, Australian observers may be the only ones lucky enough to see them both. Unfortunately, the pair are likely to be too close to the horizon for observers in the United Kingdom and the sky may be a little too bright for North American observers.
These images depict the sky at approximately 8:30pm local time.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
11:04 UT – Saturn passes 1.2° south of asteroid 4 Vesta. (Saturn: Magnitude 0.6, diameter 15.9”. Vesta: Magnitude 7.3. Libra, evening sky.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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