Today’s Astronomical Events – January 3rd, 2015

Venus leaves Mercury in Sagittarius and enters neighbouring Capricornus. Use Venus as a marker to find fainter Mercury in the early evening twilight as the pair continue to draw closer together.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



12:42 UT – Pluto is in conjunction with the Sun. Distance to Earth: 33.774 AU (Pluto: magnitude 14.2. Sagittarius, not visible.)

Venus leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricornus. (96% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, diameter 10.4”. Evening sky.)



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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