The waning crescent Moon passes M45, the Pleaides open star cluster, in the pre-dawn sky. Located in Taurus the Bull, this is just one of several winter constellations now beginning to emerge in the early morning twilight. Those in the northern hemisphere should also be able to spot Auriga while those in the southern hemisphere should easily see Orion climbing over the horizon.
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
01:25 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes M45, the Pleiades open star cluster. (Naked eye, Taurus, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)
03:25 UT – Asteroid 2 Pallas is stationary prior to resuming prograde motion. (Magnitude 9.3. Hercules, evening sky.)
19:42 UT – Venus is at aphelion. Distance to Sun: 0.728 AU (3% illuminated, magnitude -4.1, diameter 56.2”. Leo, not visible.)
22:12 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Aldebaran. (Naked eye, Taurus, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)
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