The Waxing Crescent Moon Skims Scorpius

September 19th, 2015

Southern hemisphere observers get their chance to see the waxing crescent Moon close to Saturn in the evening sky tonight. Nearby is Antares, the red giant star that marks the heart of Scorpius, the Scorpion.

Northern hemisphere observers saw the Moon and Saturn close together yesterday and Antares might be difficult to spot from the United Kingdom. However, anyone in North America should have no problem locating the star as it shines above the south-western horizon. Look for it to the lower left of the Moon.


All Astronomical Events for September 19th, 2015

04:03 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Saturn. (Saturn: magnitude 0.6, diameter 16.9”. Naked eye, Libra, evening sky. See images above.)

21:23 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Antares. (Naked eye, Scorpius, 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.

Astronomical events taken from 2015: An Astronomical Year, available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon in the USCanada and the United Kingdom. Sky simulations created using the Mobile Observatory app for Android devices.

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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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”


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