Today’s Astronomical Events – December 16th, 2014


The waning crescent Moon passes the bright star Spica, in the constellation of Virgo. For observers in the northern hemisphere, this can be seen in the pre-dawn sky of the 16th, but for southern hemisphere observers the pair appear closest in the morning sky of the 17th.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



23:30 UT – The waning crescent Moon is north of Spica. (Virgo, pre-dawn sky.)

The Comae Berenicid meteor shower reaches its 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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