Today’s Astronomical Events – June 5th, 2015

The waning gibbous Moon passes Pluto in the night sky tonight; unfortunately, distant Pluto is too faint to be seen with anything but a fairly large telescope and, even then, it never appears as anything more than a star-like point.

Cast your eyes instead to NASA’s webpage for it’s New Horizons spacecraft at http://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons. This probe was launched in 2006 and is the first spacecraft to visit Pluto. It’s currently on it’s final approach to the dwarf planet and will fly past on July 14th. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting news and developments as the data comes flooding in!

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Image Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute 

 

 

04:12 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes Pluto. (Pluto: magnitude 14.1. Sagittarius, pre-dawn sky.)

 

 

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.

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