Today’s Astronomical Events – October 21st, 2014

Mars is hugging the horizon for observers in the northern hemisphere, but astronomers in Australia get to enjoy the planet while it’s still high in the sky.

The images depict the sky at 8:00 p.m. local time for Australia and North America and 7:30 p.m. for the United Kingdom.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



20:59 UT – Venus reaches its maximum magnitude of -3.9. (100% illuminated, apparent diameter 9.7”. Virgo, not visible.)

Mercury brightens to magnitude 2.5. (8% illuminated, apparent diameter 9.3”. Virgo, not visible.)

Mars leaves Sagittarius and enters Ophiuchus. (90% illuminated, magnitude 0.9, apparent diameter 5.7”. 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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