Moon & Mars

160909-007 Moon close to Mars
Friday 9th September 2016 @ 21:00 / 9pm
Mars appears below the First Quarter Moon as the sky begins to darken, low in the south-southwest.

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Algol at minimum

160906-005  Visual - Algol at minium (8.50pm)
Tuesday 6th September 2016
Algol at minimum @ 21:50 / 9.50pm

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Earthshine tonight

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Monday 5th September 2016 – Evening sky
Good opportunity to see earthshine on waxing crescent 5 days old Moon.

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Algol at minimum

160904-004  Visual - Algol at minium (00.01am)
Sunday 4th September 2016
Algol at minimum @ 00:01 / 12.01am

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Moon close to Venus

160903-003 Moon close to Venus
Saturday 3rd September 2016 @ 19:00 / 7pm
Moon lies left of Venus after sunsets.

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Moon close to Jupiter

160902-002 Look out for Thin Moon
Friday 2nd September 2016 @ 19:00 / 7pm
Facing west for looking out a thin Moon.

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Thursday 1st September – “Ring of Fire”
African Solar Eclipse; this is not a total eclipse, but rare – an annular eclipse.

Sky watchers in more than 50 African countries are about to witness a solar annular eclipse – the Moon will pass in front of the sun, covering as much as 97% of the solar disk.

More animated by Larry Koehn;
http://shadowandsubstance.com/

For the UK Sky watchers will be seen our next eclipse on Friday 16th September 2016; the full Moon rises while inside the Earth penumbral shadow. (Penumbral eclipses is hard as tricky to see.)

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1% Moonlit

160831-010 very thin Moon
Wednesday 31st August 2016
Chance to see a 1% lit Moon, 45 minutes before sunrise, low in the east horizon.

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In-close conjunction

160827-009  Jupiter & Venus in-close conjuction
Saturday 27th August 2016 – after sunset
Jupiter is in-close conjunction with Venus (twilight in evening) – only visible 20 minutes after sunset, low in the west horizon.

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Mercury at greatest eastern elongation

160816-007  Mercury at greatest eastern elongation
Tuesday 16th August 2016 @ 16:19 / 4.19pm
Mercury at greatest eastern elongation and well placed for observation in the evening sky., shining brightly at mag: -1.8.

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