The Waning Gibbous Moon Marches to Mars

 

March 28th, 2016

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything; I’ve been busy working on my next book, which should hopefully be available for early April, and I’ve also just started a new collaboration which promises to be an exciting project.

So after moving through the fading winter and prominent spring constellations of the evening sky, the Moon is now sliding toward the southern constellations of summer. Here we find Scorpius, the Scorpion, with two bright planets in attendance.

This morning the Moon approaches rusty Mars and will pass the planet over the next twenty-four hours. In particular, Australian observers can catch the Moon very close to Mars tomorrow morning while those in the United Kingdom and North America will see it just to the east.

Come back in a few days to see the Moon approach the second planet in the constellation – Saturn.

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 28th, 2016

18:51 UT – The waning gibbous Moon is north of Mars. (Mars: 92% illuminated, magnitude -0.4, diameter 11.4”. Scorpius, pre-dawn sky. See details above.)

22:26 UT – The waning gibbous Moon is north of Antares. (Ophiuchus, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)

The elliptical galaxy M86 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 9.8. Virgo, all night.)

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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