See the Moon & Venus get close in the pre-dawn sky
Posted on 9 September 2015 by Ade Ashford
A sight well worth setting your alarm for is the close conjunction between the old crescent Moon and a dazzling planet Venus just ten days away from attaining greatest brilliancy on the morning of Thursday, 10 September, an hour before sunrise. For the centre of the British Isles, this is around 5:30 am BST. The pair will lie just 2 degrees apart, easily encompassed by the field of view of most binoculars. Observers with especially clear skies may glimpse much fainter Mars before the twilight gets too bright, a span of a fist at arm’s length to the left of Venus.