The Moon turns full as it leaves the constellation Leo tonight. The bright star Regulus appears between the Moon and Jupiter but the Moon’s bright light might make it hard to see the star. As a bonus, tonight you can also witness a “mini Moon” – this is the smallest full Moon of the year and the smallest until 2032. Does the Moon look smaller to you?
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Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
18:05 UT – Full Moon. With an apparent diameter of 29.399’, this is the smallest full moon of the year and the smallest for the next ten years. The next smallest full moon will occur on January 27th 2032. (Naked eye, Leo, visible all night. See image above.)
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.