Today’s Astronomical Events – December 9th, 2014

Jupiter is rising earlier with each passing night and will reach opposition in February. At this time, it is still best seen in the pre-dawn sky and is stationary prior to beginning retrograde motion.

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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



04:03 UT – Mercury is 1.5° south of dwarf planet Ceres. (Mercury: 100.0% illuminated, magnitude -1.2, apparent diameter 4.6”. Ceres: magnitude 8.5. Ophiuchus, not visible.)

06:00 UT – Jupiter is stationary prior to beginning retrograde motion. (Magnitude -2.3, apparent diameter 40.8”. Leo, pre-dawn sky.)

16:49 UT – Dwarf planet Ceres is in conjunction with the Sun. (Magnitude 8.5, Ophiuchus, not visible.)

23:48 UT – Dwarf planet Ceres reaches its minimum magnitude of 8.5. (Ophiuchus, not visible.)

The Phoenicid meteor shower comes to an end. (Zenith Hourly Rate: Variable)

The Monocerotid meteor shower reaches its maximum. (Zenith Hourly Rate: 2)



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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