Today’s Astronomical Events – September 5th, 2014

Venus is the brighter “star” that appears very close to the horizon, shortly before dawn. Regulus is the much fainter star beside it while Jupiter shines a little way above it.

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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



08:20 UT – Venus passes 48’ north of Regulus. (97% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, diameter 10.0”, Leo, pre-dawn sky.)

12:35 UT – Venus is at perihelion. Distance to Sun: 0.718 AU. (97% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, diameter 10.0”, Leo, pre-dawn sky.)

Saturn decreases it’s apparent diameter to 16.0”. (Magnitude 0.6, Libra, evening sky.)

The Epsilon Perseid meteor shower begins tonight. (Zenith Hourly Rate:5)

The bright star Fomalhaut culminates at midnight tonight. (Piscis Austrinus, all night.)



Events in bold involve objects that are easily visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.


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4 thoughts on “Today’s Astronomical Events – September 5th, 2014

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