Today’s Astronomical Events – December 6th, 2014

The full Moon passes orange Aldebaran in the evening sky – can you still find the star or is it drowned by the light of the Moon?

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



06:18 UT – The almost full Moon is north of Aldebaran. (Taurus, evening sky.)

12:27 UT – Full Moon (Taurus, evening sky.)

Mars decreases its apparent diameter to 5.0”. (93% illuminated, magnitude 1.0. Capricornus, evening sky.)

The Phoenicid meteor shower reaches its maximum. (Zenith Hourly Rate: Variable)



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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