Today’s Astronomical Events – December 20th, 2014

Observers in the southern hemisphere will be lucky enough to see a close conjunction of the Moon and Saturn this morning. Those in the northern hemisphere may have difficulty spotting the Moon as it fades into the pre-dawn twilight.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



08:56 UT – Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) is in conjunction with the Sun. Distance to Earth: 2.490 AUs. (Ophiuchus, not visible.)

11:09 UT – Venus is 3.2° south of Pluto. (Venus: 97% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, apparent diameter 10.1”. Pluto: magnitude 14.2. Sagittarius, not visible.)

14:06 UT – The waning crescent Moon is north of Antares. (Scorpius, pre-dawn sky.)

The Leo Minorid meteor shower reaches its maximum. (Peak 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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