The waxing crescent Moon slips further away from the Sun and passes by our neighboring planets tonight. For those in Australia, it can be seen closer to Mars, but for those in the United Kingdom and North America the Moon will be nearer to much-brighter Venus.
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Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
21:36 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Venus. (Venus: 81% illuminated, magnitude -4.0, diameter 13.2”. Aries, evening sky. See image above.)
Asteroid 4 Vesta leaves Capricornus and enters Aquarius. (Magnitude 7.6. Pre-dawn 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.
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