The waning crescent Moon slips through the stars of Taurus, the Bull, over the next few mornings. Due to the timing of the events, North American observers will see our only natural satellite closest to the Pleiades while those in Australia will have to wait until tomorrow to see the pair together.
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
12:33 UT – Mars is at apogee. Distance to Earth: 2.587 AU (100% illuminated, magnitude 1.6, diameter 3.6”. Gemini, not visible.)
21:44 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes M45, the Pleiades open star cluster. (Naked eye, Taurus, pre-dawn sky.)
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