The Pre-Dawn Moon Passes Saturn

 

March 2nd, 2016

Observers in the United Kingdom will probably have the best view this morning as the waning crescent Moon passes Saturn. Five to eight hours later, observers in North America will see the Moon just a little past the ringed planet while those in Australia will have to wait until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Mars can still be easily seen to the west while Venus is a brilliant spark over the eastern horizon. Turn around and you’ll see Jupiter setting in the west. It’s now just one week away from opposition, when the planet will rise at sunset, set at sunrise and will be visible throughout the entire night.

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 March 2nd, 2016

06:47 UT – The just-past last quarter Moon is north of Saturn. (Saturn: magnitude 0.5, diameter 16.5”, Ophiuchus, pre-dawn sky. See the 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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