Today’s Astronomical Events – September 26th, 2014

The waxing crescent Moon appears close to Spica and Mercury; unfortunately, only observers in Australia will get a good view and observers in the United Kingdom may be lucky to see the Moon at all. What can you see from your location?

These images depict the sky at approximately 7:15pm (8:00 p.m. for North America) local time.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

00:54 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes north of Spica. (Virgo, evening sky.)

07:37 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes north of Mercury. (Mercury: 50% illuminated, magnitude 0.2, diameter 7.4”, Virgo, evening sky.)

Mercury is 50% illuminated. (Magnitude 0.2, diameter 7”, Virgo, evening 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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9 thoughts on “Today’s Astronomical Events – September 26th, 2014

  1. Thank you! I’m doing a month-long project where I chart the moon’s phases and progress across the sky, and I need to start as soon as possible, but I wasn’t sure when. Guess tonight is good, if I want to rise to the challenge of spotting the waxing crescent! (I was afraid I’d have to look for the new moon—quite a challenge!)

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