A nova in Sagittarius, discovered a few nights ago by a Japanese amateur, has become bright enough to see in binoculars (? Magnitude 8.0).
I took the photo at the world heritage site Sukhothai, Thailand on October 30th. The Milky Way in Sagittarius is sinking in the southwestern sky right after dusk, affording only a short viewing window. Planet Venus meet Saturn in the fading twilight low above the horizon. Mars is also visible on the left.

October 31, 2016

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