Three Planets, One Moon and One Bright Star

October 8th, 2015

Set your alarm clock. Get up early. You won’t want to miss this and you won’t be disappointed. Forget “super” Moons – they happen pretty regularly – for the next few mornings you’re going to see something quite special and rare.

The Moon passes close to planets and bright stars every month, but usually it happens with just one object at a time. Occasionally, you can catch the Moon close to two planets and maybe, just maybe, even a bright star if you’re lucky.

That being the case, today is your lucky day. Go out and buy a lottery ticket because we’ve got (count ‘em) three planets and a bright star close to the Moon this morning. Venus will be closest so take a look, enjoy the view and come back tomorrow to see how things have changed. Place your bets – which planet will be closest to the Moon twenty-four hours from now?

 

 

All Astronomical Events for October 8th, 2015

20:41 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Venus. (40% illuminated, magnitude -4.5, diameter 29.8”. Naked eye, Leo, pre-dawn sky.)

21:34 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Regulus in Leo. (Naked eye, Leo, pre-dawn sky.)

22:05 UT – Mercury is stationary prior to resuming prograde motion. (19% illuminated, magnitude 1.1, diameter 8.6”. Naked eye, Virgo, pre-dawn sky.)

The Draconid meteor shower peaks. A maximum zenith hourly rate: Variable. (Moon: waning crescent. Naked eye, Draco, all night but best in the pre-dawn sky.)

 

 

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. Night sky simulations created using Mobile Observatory for Android devices. Vesta image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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2016: An Astronomical Year 2016: The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) The Deep Sky Observer’s Guide

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