Tonight the waxing crescent Moon passes Spica, the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo. Like yesterday, those in Australia will get the best view with Mercury still shining brightly above the western horizon.
Observers in the United Kingdom won’t be so lucky. Mercury will be too low and Spica will be very close to the horizon but using binoculars might help the spot the faint star. For those in North America, Spica should present no problems at all, especially with the Moon quite close by. The Moon will drift past the star and then appear near to Saturn around the 22nd of the month.
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
16:15 UT – Mercury appears 1.3° south of asteroid 3 Juno. (Mercury: 75% illuminated, magnitude -0.1, diameter 5.8”. Juno: magnitude 10.7. Leo, not visible.)
19:22 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Spica. (Naked eye, Virgo, evening sky. See images above.)
Venus returns to Cancer from Leo. (2% illuminated, magnitude -4.0, diameter 57.5”. Not visible.)
The Beta Cassiopeid meteor shower ends. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 10. (Naked eye, Cassiopeia, all night but best seen in the pre-dawn sky.)
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