Venus Passes Bright Spica in Virgo

November 28th, 2015

Having passed Mars more than three weeks ago, Venus now appears close to Spica, the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo, the Virgin. You can see the pair in the early morning twilight before the dawn.

Meanwhile, Mars hovers around the border with Leo, the Lion and Jupiter (not shown) is toward the south. The three planets are growing further apart but still provide a welcome pre-dawn sight for early risers.



All Astronomical Events for November 28th, 2015

10:53 UT – Venus appears 4.5° north of Spica. (Venus: 66% illuminated, magnitude -4.2, diameter 17.8”. Naked eye, Virgo, pre-dawn sky.)

Jupiter brightens to magnitude -2.0 (Diameter 35.3”. Naked eye, Leo, 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.

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2015: An Astronomical Year

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

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