There are three planets currently in the process of switching from one side of the Sun in the sky to the other. Mercury and Venus are both moving into the evening sky and will become visible in December, whereas Saturn is escaping the Sun’s glare and will be visible in the pre-dawn twilight next month.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
19:03 UT – The almost-new Moon is north of Mercury. (Mercury: 96% illuminated, magnitude -0.9, apparent diameter 4.9”. Libra, not visible.)
Asteroid 2 Pallas leaves Virgo and enters Serpens. (Magnitude 9.4. Not visible.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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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.