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See the old Moon close to Venus then Jupiter in the dawn sky

28 Dec 2018, 15:44 UTC
See the old Moon close to Venus then Jupiter in the dawn sky
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Early risers in the UK with an unobstructed horizon from southeast through south can see the old waning crescent Moon close to dazzling Venus then Jupiter over three consecutive mornings starting New Year’s Day from 7am GMT. This looping animation simulates the view around the start of nautical twilight for the heart of the British Isles on consecutive sidereal days, hence the stars appear stationary and the relative motion of Solar System bodies is apparent. Note that the apparent size of the Moon is enlarged for clarity. For scale, Jupiter lies a little less than the span of an outstretched hand at arm’s length to the lower left of Venus at this time. AN graphic by Ade Ashford.UK observers seeking a celestial diversion from their New Year’s celebrations need only look to the south-southeast at dawn on 1 January to view a beautiful conjunction between the 25-day-old waning crescent Moon and dazzling magnitude -4.5 Venus in the constellation of Libra.
Nautical dawn (the onset of nautical twilight) occurs at 7am GMT on New Year’s Day for observers in the heart of the British Isles. At this time the waning crescent Moon lies 7¼ degrees to the upper right of Venus, ...

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