Today’s Astronomical Events – December 15th, 2014


Both Venus and Mercury are moving further away from the Sun and will soon be emerging into the evening twilight. Venus should become visible around the end of the month while we must wait until early January to see Mercury.

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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



15:38 UT – Venus is 1.0° south of asteroid 4 Vesta. (Venus: 98% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, apparent diameter 10.1”. Vesta: Magnitude 7.5. Sagittarius, not visible.)

The Puppid Velid meteor shower comes to an end. (Maximum Zenith Hourly Rate: 10)

The Sigma Hydrid meteor shower comes to an end. (Maximum Zenith Hourly Rate: 3)



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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