Today’s Astronomical Events – January 8th, 2015

The waning gibbous Moon passes Jupiter as it moves through the constellation Leo. Observers in the United Kingdom and North America will see the pair closest in the early hours of the morning while Australian astronomers will have to wait until nearly midnight.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



05:33 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes Jupiter. (Jupiter: magnitude -2.5, diameter 44.0”. Leo, pre-dawn sky)

Mars leaves Capricornus and enters Aquarius. (95% illumination, magnitude 1.1, diameter 4.7”. 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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