Last night, the waxing crescent Moon passed Jupiter, Venus and the bright star Regulus in the evening twilight. Tonight it’s moved further along, but still appears fairly close to the group with Earthshine illuminating the unlit side of its surface. Once again, observers in Australia will get the best view while those in the United Kingdom may need to scan the horizon.
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
01:31 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Venus. (Venus: 18% illuminated, magnitude -4.5, diameter 43.2”. Naked eye, Leo, evening sky. See images above.)
02:40 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Regulus. (Naked eye, Leo, evening sky. See images above.)
02:58 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes asteroid 3 Juno. (Juno: magnitude 10.5. Leo, evening sky.)
Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waxing crescent Moon after sunset.
The globular star cluster M71 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 6.1. Sagitta, all night. See July 17th for details.)
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.
2015: An Astronomical Year
|2016: An Astronomical Year||2016: The Night Sky Sights||The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019)||The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook (Pocket Edition)|
(Kindle & Paperback)
|(Kindle & Paperback)||(Kindle & Paperback)||(Kindle & Paperback)||
|Amazon – US||Amazon – US||Amazon – US||Amazon – US|
|Amazon – UK||Amazon – UK||Amazon – UK|
Details of all available books across the world can be found here or by visiting the author’s page on Amazon. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at astronomywriter “at” gmail.com