near Jupiter (43°
from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mag. -1.9.
(farthest from Earth) at 14h UT (distance 405,845 km; angular
0.55° SSW of Spica
(26° from Sun, evening sky) at 20h UT. Mags. +0.1 and +1.0.
at greatest elongation,
26° east of Sun (evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. +0.1.
at 2:29 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point along the
ecliptic where it crosses into the southern celestial hemisphere
marking the start of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and
spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
(8° from Sun, morning sky) at 13h UT.
(21° from Sun, evening sky) at 3h UT.
(25° from Sun, evening sky) at 12h UT.
very near Asteroid 1 Ceres
(43° from Sun, evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +8.2. Occultation
visible from S. Pacific.
of Ceres (US Naval Observatory)
very near Saturn
(44° from Sun, evening sky) at 4h UT. Mag. +0.6. Occultation
visible from Hawaii.
of Saturn (IOTA)
very near Asteroid 4 Vesta (51°
from Sun, evening sky) at 15h UT. Mag. +7.0. Occultation visible
from North Africa.
of Vesta (US Naval Observatory)
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)