The Last of the Planetary Close Encounters

 

February 6th, 2016

The last of the Moon’s close encounters with the pre-dawn planets takes place on the 6th – but it’s a challenging one.

Venus may be easily visible, but fainter Mercury might be difficult to see in the pre-dawn twilight, especially for observers in the UK. Likewise, the crescent Moon might also be a challenge as only a very thin sliver may be visible. Using binoculars will certainly help.

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 6th, 2016

04:37 UT – The waning crescent Moon is north of Pluto. (Pluto: magnitude 14.2. Sagittarius, pre-dawn sky.)

05:51 UT – The waning crescent Moon is north of Venus. (Venus: 86% illuminated, magnitude -4.0, diameter 12.1”. Sagittarius, pre-dawn sky. See details above.)

18:25 UT – The waning crescent Moon is north of Mercury. (Mercury: 61% illuminated, magnitude -0.0, diameter 6.8”. Sagittarius, pre-dawn sky. See details above.)

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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