The waxing crescent Moon passes two planets today. Observers in Australia will see the Moon close to Venus; nine and a half hours later, observers in the United Kingdom will see it between Venus and Mars. Five to eight hours after that, North American observers will see it pass by Mars. Look to the southwest shortly after sunset for the interplanetary trio.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
04:00 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Venus. (Venus: 93% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, diameter 10.8”. Capricornus, evening sky. See image above.)
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