January 9th, 2016
Here are a few questions for those of you living in the United Kingdom or North America: Did you see Venus and Saturn in the pre-dawn twilight yesterday? What’s different this morning?
Yesterday, Venus appeared to the upper right of Saturn but now the planets have swapped positions. This isn’t something you’ll see every day!
Observers in Australia will need to wait another day. This morning, the pair will be very close together but by tomorrow Venus will appear to have passed the fainter world.
Take some time to enjoy the view as the pair will begin to drift apart over the next few days and won’t be this close again this year.
All Astronomical Events for January 9th, 2016
03:52 UT – Venus is 6’ north of Saturn. (Venus: 80% illuminated, magnitude -4.0, diameter 13.7”. Saturn: magnitude 0.5, diameter 15.3”. Ophiuchus, pre-dawn sky. See details above.)
20:18 UT – The almost new Moon is north of Pluto. (Pluto: magnitude 14.3. Sagittarius, not visible.)
Jupiter increases its apparent diameter to 40.0”. (Magnitude -2.2, Leo, pre-dawn sky.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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