See the waning Moon meet Jupiter and Saturn at daybreak, 27–29 March – Astronomy Now
Observers within the British Isles and Western Europe wishing to see the waning Moon meet each Jupiter and Saturn ought to search unobstructed view of the horizon from southeast by means of south some 45 minutes earlier than dawn from 27–29 March 2019. The Moon occults Saturn as seen from South Africa round nautical daybreak on Friday,
Observers within the British Isles and Western Europe wishing to see the waning Moon meet each Jupiter and Saturn ought to search unobstructed view of the horizon from southeast by means of south some 45 minutes earlier than dawn from 27–29 March 2019. The Moon occults Saturn as seen from South Africa round nautical daybreak on Friday, 29 March. AN animation by Ade Ashford.Now that the waning Moon is rising after midnight, deep-sky observers within the UK and Western Europe can rejoice on the return of darkish night skies for searching down all kinds of extragalactic deep-sky objects (some described right here). For lunar and planetary fanatics, nevertheless, the one naked-eye planet of the night sky is distant and tiny Mars within the constellation of Taurus. However should you’re ready to be an early riser, the daybreak sky is the place you’ll discover two of the photo voltaic system’s heavyweights, Jupiter and Saturn.
Jupiter, the most important planet, at present lies in Ophiuchus, the unofficial 13th zodiacal constellation. Presently shining at magnitude -2.2 and due to this fact the brightest object within the daybreak sky apart from the Moon, Jupiter might be discovered low within the southern sky on the onset of civil twilight some 35 minutes earlier than dawn within the UK.
On the morning of Wednesday, 27 March round 5am GMT you will discover Jupiter simply 1½ levels to the decrease proper of the 21-day-old waning gibbous Moon. Therefore the Moon and planet will simply slot in the identical discipline of view of binoculars and telescopes magnifying 30× or much less. In increased magnification devices you’ll see that Jupiter seems to have solely two Galilean moons right now – Callisto to the east and Ganymede to the appropriate. (Io is behind Jupiter and Europa is eclipsed by the planet’s shadow).
Two mornings later, it’s magnitude +zero.6 Saturn’s flip to get considerably nearer to the waning Moon. For those who look very low within the south-southeast at 5am GMT on Friday, 29 March you’ll be able to see the 23-day-old lunar crescent simply two Moon widths under the ringed planet. Saturn’s largest and brightest moon, magnitude +9 Titan, occurs to be near best elongation this specific morning, some four⅓ ring diameters east of its dad or mum planet.
As seen from extra southerly latitudes, particularly South Africa, the Moon truly occults (passes in entrance of) Saturn round nautical daybreak on Friday, 29 March.