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.
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.
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