Today’s Astronomical Events – February 11th, 2015

Mercury may have disappeared from view but Venus and Mars are still visible and are drawing closer together in the early evening sky. Look for the pair in the west / south-west after sunset. Brilliant Venus will appear first; how long will it take for you to see Mars in the sky above it?

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

06:27 UT – Mercury is stationary prior to resuming prograde motion. (28% illuminated, magnitude 0.8, diameter 8.9”. Capricornus, not visible.)

Mars leaves Aquarius and enters Pisces. (97% illuminated, magnitude 1.2, diameter 4.3”. Evening sky.)

 

 

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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