December 6th, 2015
The waning crescent Moon slips further toward the horizon and passes another planet in the pre-dawn sky. This time, it’s the turn of Mars, the red planet and, if you live in Egypt, or central or eastern Africa, you may see our natural satellite cover (or “occult”) the distant world. (See here for details.)
Mars is not yet at its brightest but it is growing brighter as it slowly escapes the glare of the Sun. It’s moving further into the night sky and will continue to brighten until it reaches its best in late May, when it will be seen close to Antares, its rival, throughout the night.
All Astronomical Events for December 6th, 2015
00:46 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Mars. An occultation may be visible from some parts of the western hemisphere but details will vary depending upon your location. Check online for details. (Mars: 93% illuminated, magnitude 1.5, diameter 4.9”. Naked eye, Virgo, pre-dawn sky.)
18:55 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Spica. (Naked eye, Virgo, 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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