January 5th, 2016
The waning crescent Moon continues to creep across the sky this morning and appears between two of our sister worlds. Mars was passed a few days back and is still visible to the upper right, relatively close to the bright star Spica. Meanwhile, brilliant Venus shines above the south-eastern horizon in Scorpius with Saturn glinting to the lower left.
All Astronomical Events for January 5th, 2016
04:38 UT – Mercury is stationary prior to beginning retrograde motion. (29% illuminated, magnitude 0.4, diameter 8.2”. Capricornus, evening sky.)
18:10 UT – Pluto is in conjunction with the Sun. (Pluto: magnitude 14.3. Sagittarius, not visible.)
Mercury fades to magnitude 0.5. (30% illuminated, diameter 8.2”. Capricornus, evening sky.)
Venus leaves Scorpius and enters Ophiuchus. (78% illuminated, magnitude -4.1, diameter 14.0”, pre-dawn sky.)
The open star cluster M50 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 5.9. Monoceros, all night.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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