The Morning Moon, Mars and Venus

September 10th, 2015

The waning Moon now joins Mars and Venus in the pre-dawn twilight. This morning provides a good opportunity to see all three together (especially for those in the northern hemisphere) but observers all over the world can also catch Earthshine on the waning crescent Moon.

Next month it gets even better. Three planets, one Moon and one bright star come together as Jupiter joins the waning crescent Moon, Venus, Mars and Regulus in the pre-dawn twilight. Set your alarm clocks for October 10th for this not-to-be-missed early morning event! (It’s a Saturday, so no excuses!)

 

 

All Astronomical Events for September 10th 2015

05:18 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Venus. (18% illuminated, magnitude -4.5, diameter 45.0”. Naked eye, Cancer, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)

22:52 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Mars. (Mars: 98% illuminated, magnitude 1.8, diameter 3.8”. Naked eye, Leo, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)

Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waning crescent Moon before sunrise. (Naked eye, pre-dawn 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.

Astronomical events taken from 2015: An Astronomical Year, available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom.

2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle Edition) 2016 An Astronomical Year Paperback Cover 2016 The Night Sky Sights

2015: An Astronomical Year

2016: An Astronomical Year 2016: The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac (2016-2020) The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook (Pocket Edition)

(Kindle & Paperback)

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(Paperback)

Amazon – US

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Amazon – UK

Details of all available books across the world can be found here or by visiting the author’s page on Amazon. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at astronomywriter “at” gmail.com

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