Coming Around Again: The Moon Approaches the Planets

November 5th, 2015

The Moon is slipping toward the Sun again, which means it’s approaching the planets in the pre-dawn sky. This morning it passes the bright star Regulus, making a sight best seen from the southern hemisphere.

Those in the United Kingdom and North America will see the Moon on the other side of the star as it begins its approach to Jupiter. Meanwhile, Venus and Mars still form a very close conjunction nearer the south-eastern horizon.

Come back over the next four mornings to see the Moon passing each of the planets.



All Astronomical Events for November 5th, 2015

01:31 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Regulus. (Naked eye, Leo, pre-dawn sky. See details and images above.)

The open star cluster M34 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 5.5. Perseus, all night.)

The spiral galaxy M77 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 9.6. Cetus, all night)



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.

2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle Edition) 2016 An Astronomical Year Paperback Cover 2016 The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac 2015-2019 Kindle Cover - Deep Sky Observer's Guide

2015: An Astronomical Year

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

(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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