If you live in the southern hemisphere you’ll get a chance to see the thin crescent Moon close to Mercury in the early evening sky tonight. Eagle-eyed observers in North America might also get lucky, but you’ll probably need binoculars to help you as the pair will be close to the horizon and Mercury may be hard to see.
Unfortunately those in the United Kingdom will be lucky to see anything as both the Moon and Mercury will probably be too low to be visible. Look out for the Moon as it escapes from the Sun’s light over the next few nights.
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
00:30 UT – Venus is at perigee. Distance to Earth: 0.288 AU. (1% illuminated, magnitude -4.0, diameter 57.8”. Leo, not visible.)
15:55 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Mercury. (Mercury: 78% illuminated, magnitude -0.2, diameter 5.6”. Leo, evening sky.)
22:31 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes asteroid 3 Juno (Juno: magnitude 10.7. Leo, not visible.)
Venus brightens to magnitude -4.0 (1% illuminated, magnitude -4.0, diameter 57.8”. Leo, not visible.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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