Today’s Astronomical Events – January 18th, 2015

Comet Lovejoy is fading slowly and is currently magnitude 4.9, close to the limit of naked eye visibility from rural locations. It will be passing by M45, the Pleiades open star cluster, over the next few days and should be easily found with binoculars. It’ll appear as a small, misty globe of grey light.

Don’t miss this opportunity – bright comets are very few and far between!

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



19:51 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes dwarf planet Ceres. (Ceres: magnitude 8.7. Sagittarius, 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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