Observers the world over are in for a rare treat tonight as the waxing crescent Moon, Venus and Aldebaran all appear close together in the early evening sky. Those with dark skies will also be able to see the Hyades and Pleiades open star clusters.
Astronomers in the United Kingdom are particularly lucky as the Moon will be very close to the orange giant star Aldebaran. The pair should make for an attractive sight, especially through binoculars..
(Click on an image to enlarge.)
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
00:01 UT – Venus passes Aldebaran. (Venus: 71% illuminated, magnitude -4.1, diameter 15.6”. Naked eye, Taurus, evening sky. See images above.)
18:24 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Aldebaran. (Naked eye, Taurus, evening sky. See images above.)
20:59 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Venus. (Venus: 71% illuminated, magnitude -4.1, diameter 15.6”. Naked eye, Taurus, evening sky. See images above.)
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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