The nearly first quarter Moon passes close by Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo tonight. Observers in Australia get an added bonus as both Venus and Jupiter remain visible for some time after sunset.
04:57 UT – Dwarf planet Ceres is at perigee. Distance to Earth: 1.939 AU (Ceres: magnitude 7.3. Microscopium, all night.)
09:08 UT – The nearly first quarter Moon passes Spica. (Naked eye, Virgo, evening sky. See images above.)
09:16 UT – Mercury reaches its maximum brightness. Magnitude: -2.1 (99% illuminated, diameter 5.0”. Cancer, not visible)
19:24 UT – Mercury is at superior conjunction with the Sun. Distance to Earth: 1.337 AU (100% illuminated, magnitude -2.1, diameter 5.0”. Cancer, not visible)
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