A Small Moon Follows the Path of the Planets


December 3rd, 2015

The Moon reaches last quarter today. This is actually the most distant last quarter Moon of the year and, consequently, is also the smallest last quarter Moon of the year.

Just as with a “super Moon” you probably won’t notice any real difference. However, what’s definitely worth noticing is the string of planets that mark the path toward the Sun. First in line is mighty Jupiter, then small but fierce Mars and then, lastly, there’s lovely Venus.

The Moon will visit each one in turn over the next few days.


All Astronomical Events for December 3rd, 2015

07:40 UT – Last Quarter Moon. With an apparent diameter of 29.754’, this is the smallest last quarter moon of the year. (Naked eye, Sextans, 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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Easy Things to See With a Small Telescope

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

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