See the previous Moon between Venus and Saturn at daybreak on 2 March – Astronomy Now

February 28, 2019 - Comment

Observers in Western Europe ought to search a location providing a degree and unobstructed southeast view at civil daybreak (some 36 minutes earlier than dawn within the UK) on 2 March 2019 to have an opportunity of seeing the 25-day-old waning crescent Moon between Venus in Capricornus and Saturn in Sagittarius near the horizon in vivid twilight


Observers in Western Europe ought to search a location providing a degree and unobstructed southeast view at civil daybreak (some 36 minutes earlier than dawn within the UK) on 2 March 2019 to have an opportunity of seeing the 25-day-old waning crescent Moon between Venus in Capricornus and Saturn in Sagittarius near the horizon in vivid twilight with the unaided eye. The Moon’s obvious dimension is enlarged for readability on this illustration. AN graphic by Ade Ashford.Hopefully a few of you’ve got taken benefit of unusually clear late winter skies at nightfall to catch a glimpse of Mercury at the moment at its finest. My former article illustrates how the steeply inclined angle of the ecliptic to the western horizon at sundown drastically improves your probabilities of viewing the innermost planet from the UK and Western Europe at current.

Sadly, nonetheless, the identical can’t be stated of planets of the daybreak sky for skywatchers residing in northern temperate latitudes the place the converse is at the moment true: the morning ecliptic has a really shallow inclination to the east in vivid twilight, therefore any planets near the Solar appear to hug the southeastern horizon.

So, in the event you want to catch a glimpse of the previous waning crescent Moon nestled between conspicuous Venus and considerably extra subdued Saturn within the rising twilight of Saturday, 2 March you could select your viewing location and time fastidiously. Attempt too early and the sky will likely be darker, however the Moon and planets will likely be too near the southeast horizon. Depart it too late and the Moon and planets will likely be greater, however in a brighter sky and Saturn is probably not seen to the unaided eye.

The optimum time to search for the photo voltaic system trio is near civil daybreak, which is at the moment 36 minutes earlier than dawn within the coronary heart of the British Isles on 2 March. Remember to seek the advice of our interactive on-line Almanac to search out out when civil twilight begins at your location by choosing the closest metropolis to your location. (Click on right here in the event you’d wish to learn a three-year-old information to utilizing the Almanac.)

In case you do handle to catch a glimpse of Venus, the 25-day-old Moon and Saturn on Saturday morning, ponder the truth that magnitude -Four.1 Venus lies 161 million kilometres from Earth, some 4 hundred occasions farther away than the slim lunar crescent in virtually the identical line of sight. Magnitude +zero.6 Saturn is seventy-five occasions fainter than its dazzling planetary sibling, however at 1,588 million kilometres distant it’s virtually ten occasions farther away from us than Venus.



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