Astronomie - Starwatch: moon glides past Jupiter and Saturn in early hours


Night owls with clear skies will be able to chart procession during moon’s waning gibbous phase


Consider this a heads up for next weekend, when the moon is going to glide past Jupiter and Saturn in the early hours of the morning.

The chart shows the view looking south-south-east from London at 03.00 BST on the morning of Monday 28 June. At this particular time, the moon will sit between the two bright planets. The night before, the moon will be located to the west of Saturn, and the night after, it will be to the east of Jupiter.

Night owls with good weather will be able to chart the procession night after night. The moon will be in its waning gibbous phase, having just passed full moon. So observers will be able to watch as it passes from almost 93% illumination on the morning of 27 June to 77% on 29 June. Jupiter will appear much brighter than Saturn, but both planets should be conspicuous.

Observers in the southern hemisphere will be able to watch the conjunctions too. From Sydney, Australia, it will take place in the eastern sky during the late evening. By 22.00 AEST Jupiter and Saturn will be pointing up from the horizon and the moon will appear to get lower each evening.

Quelle: The Guardian

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