Tonight will be the first chance many will have to catch the waxing crescent Moon following the New Moon on the 22nd. It passes Vesta in the evening sky, but the asteroid will be too faint to be easily visible in the twilight.
Watch as the Moon catches up to Mars over the next few nights.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
00:07 UT – Venus is 4.6° north of Antares. (Venus: 99% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, apparent diameter 9.8”. Ophiuchus, not visible.)
05:56 UT – The waxing crescent Moon is north of asteroid 4 Vesta. (Vesta: Magnitude 7.5, Ophiuchus, not visible.)
Uranus decreases in brightness to magnitude 5.8. (Apparent diameter: 3.6”. Pisces, evening sky.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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Learn more about every upcoming astronomical event in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Paperback Edition).
The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook allows astronomers to log 150 observing sessions and includes an appendix of hundreds of suggested deep sky objects.