Last Chance to See the Moon and Pre-Dawn Planets

 

January 7th, 2016

The waning crescent Moon now passes Venus and Saturn and appears closer to the horizon in the pre-dawn sky. Observers in Australia and the United Kingdom will get a particularly nice view as the three will appear at their closest from those locations. By the time the trio rise over North America, the Moon will have moved a little further along and the gap between them will be widening.

This might be your last chance to see the Moon before it turns new and then re-appears in the evening twilight around the 11th.

Once again, pay special attention to the two planets – note the distance between them and then come back over the next few days to see the pair draw closer and then swap places.

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 7th, 2016

02:52 UT – The waning crescent Moon is north of Saturn. (Saturn: magnitude 0.5, diameter 15.3”, Ophiuchus, pre-dawn sky. See details above.)

Mercury fades to magnitude 1.0. (21% illuminated, diameter 8.7”. Capricornus, not visible.)

 

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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Easy Things to See With a Small Telescope

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