Friday, October 28, 2011

New Moon and Venus tonight

Tonight will be the 1st visibility of the new moon in Israel. It will be visible from around 5pm till it sets at 6. If it will be clear, you can also get an early peek at Venus very low to the right of the moon. Venus has just returned to our night sky, and will be getting higher and easier to see each night.

The arrangement in bright twilight
Sky & Telescope

You may also be able to spot Mercury, but you will probably need binoculars. It is very low and 3 magnitudes dimmer than Venus.

The horizon will look similar to this sketch from Sky & Telescope except that the moon will be lower and to the right here in Israel.


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