Today’s Astronomical Events – February 18th, 2015

Leo, the Lion

Leo, the Lion

Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, culminates at midnight tonight. This means it rises at sunset, is due south at midnight, and then sets as the sun rises. Only 79 light years away, it’s actually a quadruple star but you won’t be able to see all four components as they appear too close to one another. Leo itself culminates on March 1st but can you find the constellation before then?

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

23:47 UT – New Moon. At a distance of just under 357,000 km (222,000 miles,) this is the nearest new moon of the year. (Aquarius, not visible.)

The bright star Regulus culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 1.4. Leo, all night. See image above.)

 

 

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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