The Morning Moon Between Two Worlds

 

January 30th, 2016

The waning gibbous Moon continues its tour of the pre-dawn stars and planets by passing Spica this morning. The brightest star in Virgo, the Virgin, Spica is a blue giant star about 250 light years away and the 15th brightest star in the sky.

Look to the west and you’ll see brilliant Jupiter as it slowly approaches Virgo while to the east, at an almost equal distance from the Moon, coppery Mars has already left the constellation behind and is now moving through Libra.

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 30th, 2016

13:09 UT – The waning gibbous Moon is north of Spica. (Virgo, pre-dawn sky.)

The open star cluster M67 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 6.1. Cancer, 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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