Here’s a challenging opportunity for observers across the world tonight as the day old Moon may be visible for a short time after sunset. You’ll stand the best chance if you live in Australia or North America as those in the United Kingdom will only have a small window of opportunity before it sinks below the western horizon.
First find Venus and then look lower, toward the west or north-west (depending upon your location) – the Moon will appear as a thin silver sliver in the twilight. Using binoculars will certainly help.
(Click on an image to enlarge.)
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
01:59 UT – The just-past new Moon passes Aldebaran. (Taurus, not visible)
05:20 UT – The just-past new Moon passes Mercury. (Mercury: 10% illuminated, magnitude 2.4, diameter 10.6”. Taurus, not visible)
10:35 UT – Mercury is stationary prior to beginning retrograde motion. (10% illuminated, magnitude 2.5, diameter 10.7”. Taurus, not visible.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are 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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