For observers in the United Kingdom and North America, the waxing gibbous Moon appears close to Regulus, the brightest star in Leo the Lion. Technically the Moon is at it’s closest in the early hours of tomorrow morning, but due to the timing of the event it will be best seen tonight.
Observers in Australia will see the Moon between Jupiter and Regulus. Come back tomorrow to see how the Moon has moved.
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Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
Mercury leaves Aries and enters Taurus. (67% illuminated, magnitude -0.7, diameter 6.2”. Naked eye, evening sky.)
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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