This morning’s last quarter Moon is the largest since 1998 and can be seen passing through the Fall constellation of Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Can you see any of the faint stars in the pre-dawn twilight?
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Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
01:32 UT – The almost last-quarter Moon passes Neptune. (Neptune: magnitude 7.9, diameter 2.2”. Aquarius, pre-dawn sky.)
15:41 UT – Last Quarter Moon. With an apparent diameter of 32.304’, this is the largest last quarter Moon of the year and the largest for 10 years. The most recent larger last quarter Moon was on July 16th, 1998. (Naked eye, Aquarius, pre-dawn sky.)
The constellations Hercules (the Hero) and Ophiuchus (the Serpent Bearer) culminate at midnight tonight. (Naked eye, all night.)
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