Today’s Astronomical Events – October 4th, 2014

2014-10-04 Australia

Mercury is stationary in the sky, prior to beginning retrograde (backwards) motion. Unfortunately, only observers in the southern hemisphere have any real chance of seeing it. The tiny planet appears below Saturn and above the western horizon in the evening twilight.

The image above depict the sky at 7:30 p.m. local time in Australia.

(Click on the image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

18:14 UT – Mercury is stationary prior to beginning retrograde motion. (29% illuminated, magnitude 0.8, Virgo, evening sky.)

Pluto fades to magnitude 14.2. (Sagittarius, evening sky.)

 

 

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 (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Paperback Edition).

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