Observing

See a dawn triple conjunction and a lunar occultation on 31 January

22 January 2019 Ade Ashford

Skywatchers in the UK and Western Europe should look low to the south-southeast an hour before sunrise on 31 January to see a beautiful naked-eye conjunction of Venus, the old crescent Moon and Jupiter, all within a span of 8½ degrees. But if you have a telescope and live in just the right place, you can also see the Moon hide a double star.

Observing

See the setting Moon hide bright star Aldebaran late on 22 March

20 March 2018 Ade Ashford

On Thursday, 22 March observers in the British Isles with clear skies can see the 5½-day-old setting crescent Moon pass in front of first-magnitude star Aldebaran in the constellation of Taurus soon after 11:30pm GMT. Depending on where you live in the UK, you might just see the star reappear again shortly before the pair set.

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See the Moon hide a star in Virgo tonight with binoculars

15 June 2016 Ade Ashford

Observers in the British Isles blessed with clear skies at dusk can see the 10-day-old waxing gibbous Moon pass in front of a naked-eye star known as kappa Virginis soon after 11pm BST tonight. Since the star disappears at the Moon’s darkened limb, it will be an easy target in most binoculars.