Today’s Astronomical Events – November 18th, 2014

Earthshine should easily be visible on the waning crescent Moon in the pre-dawn sky.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



07:12 UT – Saturn is at apogee. Distance to Earth: 10.93 AU. (Magnitude 0.5, apparent diameter 15.1”, Libra, not visible.)

21:22 UT – Saturn is at its minimum magnitude of 0.5. (Apparent diameter 15.1”, Libra, not visible.)

21:25 UT – Saturn is in conjunction with the Sun. Distance to Sun: 9.95 AU. (Magnitude 0.5, apparent diameter 15.1”, Libra, not visible.)

Mercury decreases its apparent diameter to 6.0”. (94% illuminated, apparent diameter 5.0”, Libra, not visible.)

Venus leaves Libra and enters Scorpius. (100% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, apparent diameter 9.8”, not visible.)

Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waning crescent Moon.

The Leonid meteor shower reaches its maximum. (Maximum Zenith Hourly Rate: 20)



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.

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