The waning gibbous Moon passes by Saturn in the pre-dawn sky today. Observers in North America will get the best view as the planet will appear quite close-by in the early morning twilight. Tomorrow morning will present a good opportunity to catch the Moon close to Antares at about the same time.
(Click on an image to enlarge.)
Map courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
13:31 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes Saturn. (Saturn: magnitude 0.3, diameter 17.9”. Naked eye, Scorpius, pre-dawn. See images above.)
12:44 UT – Mercury appears 28’ south of Uranus. (Mercury: 100% illuminated, magnitude -1.9, diameter 5.0”. Uranus: magnitude 5.9, diameter 3.3”. Pisces, not visible.)
16:54 UT – Jupiter is stationary prior to resuming prograde motion. (Magnitude -2.3, diameter 40.6”. Naked eye, Cancer, evening sky.)
22:44 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes Antares. (Naked eye, Scorpius, pre-dawn sky.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.
Learn more about upcoming astronomical events in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle Edition) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle Edition and Paperback Edition) and 2016 An Astronomical Year (North American Kindle 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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