Today’s Astronomical Events – January 16th, 2015

The waning crescent Moon appears close to the planet Saturn in the early morning sky. The pair will appear particularly close for observers in North America .

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

13:12 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Saturn (Saturn: magnitude 0.6, diameter 15.7”. Scorpius, pre-dawn sky. See image above.)

14:06 UT – Mercury reaches half phase (50% illuminated, magnitude -0.4, diameter 7.2”. Capricornus, evening sky.)

22:20 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Antares. (Scorpius, pre-dawn sky. See image above.)

Neptune fades to magnitude 8.0. (Diameter 2.2”. Aquarius, evening sky.)

Asteroid 2 Pallas leaves Ophiuchus and enters Hercules. (Magnitude 9.4. 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.

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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