Today’s Astronomical Events – September 20th, 2014

The waning crescent Moon passes close to Jupiter in the pre-dawn sky.

These images depict the sky at approximately 5 a.m. local time.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

12:06 UT – The waning crescent Moon appears south of Jupiter. (Magnitude -1.9, diameter 33.0”, Cancer, pre-dawn sky.)

14:48 UT – The waning crescent Moon is at apogee. Distance to Earth: 405,766 km. (Cancer, pre-dawn sky.)

20:33 UT – Mercury passes 36’ south of Spica. (78% illuminated, magnitude 0.1, diameter 6.7”, Virgo, evening sky.)

Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waning crescent Moon.

Jupiter increases its apparent diameter to 33.0”. (Magnitude -1.9, diameter 33.0”, Cancer, pre-dawn sky.)

 

 

Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.

 

Learn more about every upcoming astronomical event in 2015 An Astronomical Year and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019).

 

 

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