Today’s Astronomical Events – September 12th, 2014

Mars leaves Saturn behind as it crosses over from Libra to Scorpius. Due to Scorpius being so far south in the celestial sky, observers in Australia will have the best view whereas the planetary pair may be difficult to see for those in the United Kingdom. These images depict the sky at approximately 8:30pm local time.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



Mercury increases its apparent diameter to 6.0”. (72% illuminated, magnitude -0.0, Virgo, evening sky.)

Mars leaves Libra and enters Scorpius. (88% illuminated, magnitude 0.7, diameter 6.5”, evening sky.) See images above.



Events in bold involve objects and/or events 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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