Today’s Astronomical Events – November 12th, 2014

The Northern Taurid meteor shower reaches its maximum tonight. The best chance to see shooting stars may be before midnight, as the waning gibbous Moon will drown out the fainter meteors in the pre-dawn hours.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



Mars decreases in brightness to magnitude 1.0. (91% illuminated, apparent diameter 5.4”, Sagittarius, evening sky.)

The Northern Taurid meteor shower reaches its maximum. (Maximum Zenith Hourly Rate: 5)



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).

The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook allows astronomers to log 150 observing sessions and includes an appendix of hundreds of suggested deep sky objects.

Details of all available books across the world can be found here or by visiting the author’s page on Amazon.


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