Today’s Astronomical Events – December 25th, 2014

The waxing crescent Moon passes Mars; meanwhile, Venus should be an easy target for observers with a clear view of the horizon. Watch for Mercury over the next few nights.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



06:14 UT – The waxing crescent Moon is north of Mars. (Mars: 94% illuminated, magnitude 1.1, apparent diameter 4.8”. Capricornus, evening sky.)

Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waxing crescent Moon.



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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