Tonight the waxing gibbous Moon passes close to Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation of Leo the Lion. Observers in the United Kingdom will see the pair at their closest. The Moon is bright – how will it affect your ability to see the star?
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Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
20:02 UT – The waxing gibbous Moon passes Regulus (Leo, evening sky. See image above.)
Dwarf planet Ceres leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricornus. (Magnitude 8.5. Pre-dawn sky.)
The globular cluster M68 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 9.7. Hydra, all night.)
The spiral galaxies M90 and M104, the Sombrero Galaxy, culminate at midnight tonight. (M90: magnitude 10.3. M104: magnitude 9.0. Virgo, all night.)
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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