Today’s Astronomical Events – January 20th, 2015

Comet Lovejoy has now faded to magnitude 5 but is still visible throughout most of the night. Having passed the Pleiades open star cluster, it now appears close to 41 Arietis, a magnitude 3.6 star at the eastern end of the constellation Aries.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



13:13 UT – New Moon. (Sagittarius, not visible.)

18:57 UT – The just-past new Moon passes asteroid 4 Vesta. (Vesta: magnitude 7.5. Sagittarius, not visible.)



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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