Today’s Astronomical Events – September 27th, 2014

Mars appears close to the red giant star Antares, in the constellation Scorpius.

Australian observers will get the best view, with the pair high above the western horizon and the crescent Moon between Mercury and Saturn. (The image above depicts the sky at 8 p.m.)

Observers in the United Kingdom may only be able to see the Moon – Antares, Mars, Saturn and Mercury may all be too low and too faint to be visible. (The image above depicts the sky at 7:30 p.m.)

North American observers may only miss out on Mercury and by the time the evening comes around, the Moon will have moved closer to Saturn. (The image above depicts the sky at 8 p.m.)

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

13:11 UT – Mars is 3.1° north of Antares. (Mars: 88% illuminated, magnitude 0.8, diameter 6.2”, Ophiuchus, evening sky.)

Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waxing crescent Moon.

 

 

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.

 

Learn more about every upcoming astronomical event in 2015 An Astronomical Year and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019).

 

 

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