December 4th, 2015
Having reached last quarter yesterday, the Moon now passes close to Jupiter in the pre-dawn sky. In reality, of course, the two worlds are nowhere near one another. The Moon is roughly 239,000 miles away compared to Jupiter, which currently lies at a distance of roughly 511 million miles away. In other words, Jupiter is about 2,100 times further away!
Mars, the next planet on the Moon’s visiting list, is a little closer and the Moon will appear nearby on both Saturday and Sunday.
All Astronomical Events for December 4th, 2015
03:10 UT – Venus appears 2.6° south of asteroid 3 Juno. (Venus: 68% illuminated, magnitude -4.2, diameter 17.0”. Juno: magnitude 10.9. Virgo, pre-dawn sky.)
03:42 UT – The just-past last quarter Moon passes Jupiter. (Jupiter: magnitude -2.0, diameter 35.9”. Naked eye, Leo, pre-dawn sky.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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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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