Today’s Astronomical Events – December 10th, 2014

The waning gibbous Moon passes M44, the Praesepe open star cluster in the constellation of Cancer. Although it rises before midnight for observers in the northern hemisphere, it is best seen in the pre-dawn sky. Binoculars are required to see the cluster as the light of the Moon may drown out the cluster itself.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

19:10 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes south of M44, the Praesepe open star cluster. (Cancer, pre-dawn sky.)

The Northern Taurid meteor shower comes to an end. (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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