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See the waning crescent Moon meet the dawn planets, 15-16 April 2020

1 month ago   |   By Astronomy Now

At civil dawn (approximately 40 minutes before sunrise in the British Isles) on the mornings of 15 and 16 April 2020, let the old crescent Moon be your guide to three naked-eye planets - Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Both the red and the ringed planet lie in the constellation of Capricornus, while Jupiter lies in Sagittarius. This looping animation depicts the view very low to the horizon between southeast and south-southeast around 5:30am BST on the mornings in question. Note that the Moon's apparent size is enlarged for clarity. Dabih, otherwise known as Beta Capricorni, is a third-magnitude...
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