March 1st, 2016
The Moon reaches last quarter today and observers in Australia get treated to a rare and special view as it appears close to Mars. But, as an added bonus, the red planets’ rival Antares shines nearby and white-gold Saturn glints toward the east.
By the time the Moon rises for observers in the United Kingdom and North America, it will have passed Mars and will appear among the stars of Scorpius. Return over the next few days to see it scoot by Saturn and catch up to brilliant Venus.
All Astronomical Events for March 1st, 2016
16:45 UT – The almost last-quarter Moon is north of Antares. (Ophiuchus, pre-dawn sky.)
23:10 UT – Last Quarter Moon (Ophiuchus, pre-dawn sky.)
The constellation Leo culminates at midnight tonight. (All night.)
The spiral galaxy M96 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 10.1. Leo, all night)
The elliptical galaxy M105 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 10.2. Leo, all night.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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