Today’s Astronomical Events – February 1st, 2015

Venus is close to Neptune in the early evening twilight, but unfortunately the sky won’t be dark enough to see faint Neptune. However, Mars is still shining brightly nearby for awhile after sunset.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



05:30 UT – Mercury is at perigee. Distance to Earth: 0.655 AU (2% illuminated, magnitude 4.1, diameter 10.2”. Capricornus, not visible.)

11:22 UT – Venus appears 48’ south of Neptune. (Venus: 92% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, 11.1”. Neptune: magnitude 8.0, diameter 2.2”. Aquarius, 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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