Mercury and Venus continue to shine above the south-western horizon after sunset. Observe the pair over consecutive nights to see fleet-footed Mercury dance around it’s slower sister planet.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
01:00 UT – Conjunction of Mercury and Venus. Separation: 38.5′. (Mercury: illumination 71%, magnitude -0.7, diameter 6.2”. Venus: 95% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, diameter 10.5”. Capricornus, evening sky. See image above.)
07:39 UT – Summer begins in the southern hemisphere of Mars. (95% illumination, magnitude 1.1, diameter 4.6”. Aquarius, evening sky.)
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.