Today’s Astronomical Events – December 30th, 2014

Mercury is slowly escaping the Sun and joins both Venus and Mars in the evening twilight. Observers in Australia and North America may be able to catch a glimpse of the planet but those in the United Kingdom may need to wait a few more days.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

Saturn increases its apparent diameter to 15.5” (Magnitude 0.6. Libra, pre-dawn sky.)

Dwarf planet Ceres leaves Ophiuchus and enters Sagittarius. (Magnitude 8.6. 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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