February 1st, 2016
The last quarter Moon appears close to Mars in the sky this morning. This is a relatively close pairing that should provide for an attractive sight in the hours before the dawn. The Moon appears close to Saturn on the 3rd and will pass Venus on the 6th.
While you’re staring at Mars, look out for Zuben Elgenubi, just to the lower right of the red planet. With binoculars or a telescope with low power and you’ll see the star is actually a pair of white stars with one being about 1 1/2 times brighter than the other.
All Astronomical Events for February 1st, 2016
03:27 UT – Last Quarter Moon (Libra, pre-dawn sky.)
10:38 UT – The last quarter Moon is north of Mars. (Mars: 90% illuminated, magnitude 0.8, diameter 6.8”. Libra, pre-dawn sky. See details above.)
12:24 UT – Mercury is 50% illuminated. (Magnitude 0.1, diameter 7.5”. Sagittarius, pre-dawn sky.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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