The Morning Moon Between Two Worlds

 

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.

Adapted from 2016: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom) and 2016: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.)

 

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.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here. Night sky simulations created using Mobile Observatory for Android devices.

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