Today’s Astronomical Events – December 5th, 2014

The waxing gibbous Moon passes M45, the Pleaides open star cluster, in the evening sky tonight..

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



08:22 UT – The waxing gibbous Moon is south of M45, the Pleiades open star cluster. (Taurus, evening sky.)

Venus increases its apparent diameter to 10.0”. (96% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, Capricornus, not visible.)

The Leo Minorid meteor shower is at its 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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