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Big Dipper

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    New Moon

    A rare non-central annular solar eclipse begins in eastern Antarctica at 5:57 UT; New Moon (lunation 1130) occurs at 6:14 UT.
  2. Uranus is 2 degrees south of the Moon at 11:00 UT.
  3. Mercury is in superior conjunction at 3:00 UT.
  4. Neptune is 5 degrees south of the Moon at 22:00 UT.
  5. The Curtiss Cross, an X-shaped illumination effect located between the craters Parry and Gambart, is predicted to begin at 10:01 UT; the Moon is at perigee, subtending 32'19'' from a distance of 369,765 kilometers (229,762 miles), at 20:00 UT.
  6. Last Quarter Moon occurs at 7:52 UT; the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower (20 per hour) occurs at 17:00 UT.
  7. Saturn is 0.4 degree north of the Moon, with an occultation occurring in southern South America and French Polynesia, at 7:00 UT.
  8. Pluto is stationary at 1:00 UT; the Moon is 1.7 degrees north of the first-magnitude star Spica (Alpha Virginis) at 4:00 UT; asteroid 1 Ceres (magnitude 7.0) is at opposition at 6:00 UT; Full Moon, known as the Egg or Grass Moon, occurs at 7:42; a total lunar eclipse visible from the western hemisphere reaches its maximum at 7:45 UT.
  9. Mars is at closest approach (92.4 million kilometers or 57.4 million miles distant) at 13:00 UT; Mars is 3 degrees north of the Moon at 18:00 UT.
  10. Asteroid 4 Vesta (magnitude 5.8) is at opposition at 12:00 UT.
  11. Venus is 0.7 degree north of Neptune at 8:00 UT.
  12. The Moon is at apogee, subtending 29'32'' from a distance of 404,500 kilometers (251,344 miles), at 15:00 UT; Mars is at opposition (magnitude -1.48, apparent size 15.16") at 21:00 UT.
  13. The Lunar X (also known as the Werner or Purbach Cross), an X-shaped illumination effect involving various rims and ridges between the craters La Caille, Blanchinus, and Purbach, is predicted to begin at 8:28 UT; First Quarter Moon occurs at 8:31 UT.
  14. Jupiter is 5 degrees north of the Moon at 23:00 UT.
  15. The Moon is 2 degrees north of the first-magnitude star Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri) at 7:00 UT.
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