Today’s Astronomical Events – January 9th, 2015

Having passed Jupiter, the waning gibbous Moon now appears close to the bright star Regulus in the constellation Leo.  All three are best seen in the early hours of the morning.

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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



00:22 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes close to Regulus. (Leo, pre-dawn 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.

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One thought on “Today’s Astronomical Events – January 9th, 2015

  1. First light for the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT on this night… First was Venus, then Mars and Mercury. Later on, I ran it through its paces with the Andromeda Galaxy, Almach, the double cluster, the Pleiades, the Orion Nebula, M43, Alnitak, Gamma Arietis, Zeta Piscium and Comet Lovejoy.

    Couldn’t see M78, M79 and the Crab Nebula under the light polluted, partly cloudy skies of Los Angeles. (We had rain that night with more forecast)

    Impressed by its ability to align with just one star or by simply pointing the ‘scope at three random stars. Very useful for someone like me, whose view of the entire eastern half of the sky is blocked by our apartment building. Optics seemed very good as double star images appeared crisp and colourful.

    Hope to compile a list of objects that can be seen from light polluted skies…

    One thing learnt: in a city, a GoTo is invaluable as the sky is too bright to star hop with a finderscope but you still need to know what you’re looking at as the ‘scope might not always bring the object precisely into view.

    In the country (or darker suburbs of smaller towns) star hopping is always much more fun. A good star chart, a book and a flashlight will always help you to find something new.


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