Moon, Venus and Mars close in evening twilight tonight

February 21, 2015 | By | 2 Comments
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(Posted 21 February 2015)

Mercury, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius The Scorpion) finder chart. Chart prepared for 4:30 am AEST / 5:30 am AEDT on Monday 9 February 2015 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Venus and Mars finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST / 8:30 pm AEDT on Saturday 21 February 2015 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

If you are lucky enough to have clear skies tonight, look low above the Western horizon in the evening twilight to locate a slim crescent Moon plus the planets Venus and Mars. If the sky becomes dark enough before the Moon sets, you will notice that the ‘night’ or un-illuminated side of the Moon is faintly illuminated by ‘Earth shine‘.

 

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