Today’s Astronomical Events – October 17th, 2014

The waning crescent Moon passes south of M44, the Praesepe open star cluster in Cancer. Meanwhile, Jupiter continues to rise above the eastern horizon.

The images depict the sky at 4:30 a.m. local time.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

02:47 UT – The waning crescent Moon is south of M44, the Praesepe open star cluster. (Cancer, pre-dawn sky.)

07:48 UT – Mercury is 2.7° south of Venus. (Mercury: 0% illuminated, magnitude 5.3, apparent diameter 10.0”. Venus: 100% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, apparent diameter 9.7”. Virgo, not visible.)

21:47 UT – Venus is 3.5° north of Spica. (Venus: 100% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, apparent diameter 9.7”. Virgo, not visible.)

Jupiter increases its apparent diameter to 35”. (Magnitude -2.0, Leo, 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.

 

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