Venus is at inferior conjunction today, meaning it passes between the Earth and the Sun in its orbit and is therefore invisible in the sky. The planet will now slip into the pre-dawn sky where it may be seen close to Mars at the end of the month.
Meanwhile, our own Moon was new yesterday and will become visible in the evening over the next few days. Mercury is also escaping the Sun and emerging into the evening twilight. Some keen-sighted observers may even be lucky enough to catch the pair close together shortly after sunset tomorrow.
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
02:14 UT – Asteroid 4 Vesta is stationary prior to beginning retrograde motion. (Magnitude 6.5. Cetus, pre-dawn sky.)
09:00 UT – The just-past new Moon passes Regulus. (Leo, not visible.)
12:36 UT – The just-past new Moon passes Jupiter. (Jupiter: magnitude -1.7, diameter 30.8”. Leo, not visible.)
19:24 UT – Venus is at inferior conjunction with the Sun. Distance to Earth: 0.288 AU. (1% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, diameter 57.8”. Leo, not visible.)
The globular star cluster M30 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 7.7. Capricornus, all night.)
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