Observers in the southern hemisphere have a wonderful opportunity to catch the nearly-new Moon close to Mercury in the pre-dawn sky this morning. Unfortunately, Mercury is not well-placed for those in the northern hemisphere but observers in the United Kingdom need not worry. They have a near total solar eclipse to look forward to tomorrow!
Image courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
01:03 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Neptune. (Neptune: magnitude 8.0, diameter 2.2”. Aquarius, not visible.)
03:16 UT – The nearly new Moon passes Mercury. (Mercury: 84% illuminated, magnitude -0.3, diameter 5.4”. Aquarius, 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.