It seems appropriate that Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, should appear to be due south at midnight on the first night of the new year. You can easily find it by drawing a line through the three stars of Orion’s belt.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
12:29 UT – The waxing gibbous Moon passes M45, the Pleiades open star cluster. (Taurus, evening sky.)
The bright star Sirius culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude -1.5. Canis Major, all night.)
The open star cluster M41 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 4.5. Canis Major, all night.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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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.