November 7th, 2015
Ladies and gentlemen, this is it – get up early and make the most of this last chance to see the Moon, Mars and Venus close together in the early morning twilight.
Next month Jupiter will be left behind in Leo as both Venus and Mars move further into Virgo. By then the planets will have drifted apart as Mars struggles to keep up with Venus and Jupiter only has Regulus for company.
Too tired? Feel like sleeping in? Not a problem – if you want to wait until next month you can see the Moon next to Mars and Venus again but not on the same morning. This means you’ll have to get up early twice to see them!
All Astronomical Events for November 7th, 2015
11:12 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Mars. (Mars: 95% illuminated, magnitude 1.7, diameter 4.3”. Naked eye, Virgo, pre-dawn sky. See details above.)
15:57 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Venus. (Venus: 56.7% illuminated, magnitude -4.3, diameter 21.3”. Naked eye, Virgo, pre-dawn sky. See details above.)
Dwarf planet Ceres leaves Sagittarius and returns to Microscopium. (Magnitude 8.5. Evening sky.)
The Orionid meteor shower ends. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 25. (Naked eye, Orion, all night but best in the pre-dawn sky.)
The constellation Perseus (the Hero) culminates at midnight tonight. (Naked eye, 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.
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