The waxing crescent Moon passes Uranus today. Australian observers will have the best opportunity to catch the pair close together, whereas observers in the United Kingdom and North America will need to use nearby stars to locate the distant planet.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
09:32 UT – Asteroid 3 Juno reaches its maximum brightness. Magnitude: 7.9 (Hydra, all night.)
10:07 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Uranus. (Uranus: magnitude 5.9, diameter 3.4”. Pisces, evening sky.)
Venus leaves Capricornus and enters Aquarius. (93% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, 10.9”. Evening sky.)
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