Sunday morning, February 15th the thin 25.5 day old waning crescent Moon will be about 6o from Dwarf Planet Pluto. While Pluto, at 14th magnitude, will be much too dim to be visible to the naked eye, the Moon will be about 0.5o from an open star cluster. This is M-25, a 4th magnitude collection of around 100 stars. And next to a thin waning crescent Moon M-25 should be visible a faint smudge of light when viewed with binoculars.
While looking at Pluto’s location you are looking where a NASA spacecraft, the New Horizons, will be in just a few months – 14 July 2015. And from the flyby through the Pluto system of 5 moons we will get our first good look at this ‘former planet’ and its near twin, the moon Charon.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.