The waxing crescent Moon appears close to Saturn in the evening sky, shortly after sunset. Observers in the United Kingdom will probably not see either at all, whereas North American observers may catch a glimpse of the pair close to the horizon. Australian observers shouldn’t have any problems at all.
The images above depict the sky at 7:30 p.m. local time for Australia and North America and 6:15 p.m. for the United Kingdom.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
06:52 UT – Mercury is stationary prior to resuming prograde motion. (23% illuminated, magnitude 0.8, apparent diameter 8.4”. Virgo, not visible.)
06:58 UT – Venus is at superior conjunction. (100% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, apparent diameter 9.7”. Virgo, not visible.)
17:18 UT – The waxing crescent Moon is north of Saturn. (Saturn: magnitude 0.6, apparent diameter 15.2”. Libra, evening sky.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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