Today’s Astronomical Events – December 22nd, 2014

Saturn rises earlier with each passing day. Can you find it in the pre-dawn sky without the aid of the Moon?

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



01:36 UT – New Moon. (Sagittarius, not visible.)

04:43 UT – Uranus is stationary prior to resuming prograde motion. (Magnitude 5.8, apparent diameter 3.5”. Pisces, evening sky.)

18:46 UT – The new Moon is north of Mercury. (Mercury: 97% illuminated, magnitude -0.9, apparent diameter 4.8”. Sagittarius, not visible.)

20:22 UT – The new Moon is north of asteroid 4 Vesta. (Vesta: magnitude 7.5. Sagittarius, not visible.)

23:28 UT – The new Moon is north of Pluto. (Pluto: magnitude 14.2. Sagittarius, not visible.)



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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