The Moon Approaches the Innermost Planets

 

February 5th, 2016

Having passed Jupiter, Mars and Saturn over the past few days, the waning crescent Moon now approaches the last of the five visible planets in the pre-dawn sky. Mercury is close to the horizon for observers in the northern hemisphere but Australian observers shouldn’t have any problems at all.

Observers in the United Kingdom may not be so lucky. Mercury will be difficult to see but at least the Moon will help to mark its location. If you don’t have any luck, come back tomorrow morning as the Moon will appear closer still to both Venus and Mercury in the sky.

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 February 5th, 2016

18:16 UT – Venus is 1.1° south of Pluto. (Venus: 86% illuminated, magnitude -4.0, diameter 12.1”. Pluto: magnitude 14.2. 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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