February 15th, 2016
The Moon reaches first quarter today as it approaches Aldebaran, the red eye of Taurus the Bull. The star appears on the edge of the V-shaped Hyades star cluster with the Moon appearing in the same binocular field of view for North American observers.
Nearby is the Pleiades, always a fine sight in binoculars or a telescope but the light from the Moon might make it difficult to see with just your eyes.
All Astronomical Events for February 15th, 2016
07:46 UT – First Quarter Moon (Taurus, evening sky.)
09:36 UT – The first quarter Moon is south of M45, the Pleiades open star cluster. (Taurus, evening sky.)
The spiral galaxy M81, Bode’s Galaxy, culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 6.9. Ursa Major, all night.)
The irregular galaxy M82, the Cigar Galaxy, culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 8.4. Ursa Major, all night.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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