Mercury passes the bright star Spica in the pre-dawn skies. Observers in North America will most likely have the best view.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
01:49 UT – Mercury is 4.6° north of Spica. (Mercury: 63% illuminated, magnitude -0.6, apparent diameter 6.5”, Virgo, pre-dawn sky.)
08:57 UT – Venus is 1.6° of Saturn. (Venus: 100% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, apparent diameter 9.7”. Saturn: magnitude 0.5, apparent diameter 15.2”. Libra, not visible.)
Dwarf planet Ceres leaves Libra and enters Scorpius. (Magnitude 8.6, not visible.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook allows astronomers to log 150 observing sessions and includes an appendix of hundreds of suggested deep sky objects.