The First Quarter Moon Skims Past Saturn

Astronomical Events for August 22nd, 2015

The Moon reaches first quarter tonight and, for many in the northern hemisphere, appears quite close to Saturn. If you live in the U.K. you’ll get the best view of the pair together as the Moon will be hanging just above the ringed world in the evening twilight.

Also nearby is Antares, the red supergiant star that marks the heart of Scorpius, the Scorpion. The constellation never rises very high for anyone north of the equator, but for many in the southern hemisphere it will pass directly overhead (indicated by the Z, for zenith) throughout the summer months.

(Click on an image to enlarge. Adapted from 2015: An Astronomical Year, available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom.)

Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

18:39 UT – The first quarter Moon passes Saturn. (Saturn: magnitude 0.5, diameter 16.6”. Naked eye, Libra, evening sky. See images above.)

19:31 UT – First Quarter Moon. (Naked eye, Libra, evening sky. See images above.)

 

 

Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.

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