The just-past first quarter Moon passes close to Jupiter tonight with observers all over the world getting a good view of the pair close together. Meanwhile Venus still shines brilliantly above the western horizon and remains visible for several hours after sunset.
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Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
06:37 UT – The just-past first quarter Moon passes asteroid 3 Juno. (Juno: magnitude 9.6. Cancer, evening sky.)
17:42 UT – The just-past first quarter Moon passes Jupiter. (Jupiter: magnitude -2.2, diameter 38.4”. Naked eye, Cancer, evening sky. See images above.)
The bright star Arcturus culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude -0.0. Naked eye, Boötes, 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 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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