Today’s Astronomical Events – January 5th, 2015

The Moon becomes full in Gemini tonight while Jupiter rises over the horizon. The planet will reach opposition in a month’s time.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



04:53 UT – Full Moon. (Gemini, visible all night.)

19:12 UT – Pluto is at apogee. Distance to Earth: 33.775 AU. (Magnitude 14.2. Sagittarius, not visible.)

The open star cluster M50 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 5.9. Monoceros, all night.)



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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