The Moon Hangs with Saturn Over the Horizon

 

Click on an image to enlarge. Images created using the Mobile Observatory app for Android – http://zima.co/

 

October 5th, 2016

 

A few nights ago, many of us were treated to a thin crescent Moon appearing close to Venus in the early evening twilight. Tonight our lunar companion is approaching Saturn and Antares, the brightest star in the constellation of Scorpius, the Scorpion.

Those in the southern hemisphere will get the best view with Moon, star and planet visible high above the west for hours after sunset. Those in the United Kingdom are not so lucky; for starters, Antares will be too low and faint to be easily seen and will probably fade into the background blue of twilight. Those in North America will be able to see all three and should enjoy the view while they can – next month Antares will be lost to North American observers too.

 

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.) For an easy guide to learn the constellations in the night sky, try my book, Signposts to the Stars (see image and links below.)

 

2016 An Astronomical Year Paperback Cover 2016 The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac 2015-2019

Easy Things to See With a Small Telescope

2016: An Astronomical Year 2016: The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) Signposts to the Stars

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Details of all available books across the world can be found here or by visiting the author’s page on Amazon. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at astronomywriter “at” gmail.com

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