The Moon Rolls Around to Regulus


January 26th, 2016

The Moon, now three days past full, is now moving into the morning sky and that means it’ll be passing the five naked eye planets over the next few weeks. That being said, it passes Regulus, the brightest star in Leo, tonight and you have the opportunity to see it in both the morning and evening sky.

If you get up early you’ll be able to catch the Moon when it’s nearest the star. If you live in the United Kingdom, you’ll have the best view as the pair will be at their closest for you. Make a note of the Moon’s position and then come back in the evening.

Depending on your location, the Moon will probably rise about three or four hours after sunset – still mid-evening for the northern hemisphere. By this time – more than twelve hours later – the Moon should be noticeably closer to Jupiter.

Set your alarm clocks again as the Moon will pass that planet tomorrow.

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 26th, 2016

06:59 UT – The waning gibbous Moon is south of Regulus. (Leo, pre-dawn.)

Mercury brightens to magnitude 0.5. (31% illuminated, diameter 8.6”. Sagittarius, pre-dawn sky.)

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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