The waning crescent Moon passes close to M44, the Praesepe open cluster in Cancer. For Australian observers, the Moon will appear closest in the pre-dawn sky of the 20th. M44 may be visible to naked eye observers under clear dark skies; using binoculars will help.
These images depict the sky at approximately 5 a.m. local time.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
21:02 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes south of M44, the Praesepe open star cluster. (Cancer, pre-dawn sky.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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