Today’s Astronomical Events – February 19th, 2015

Comet Lovejoy is still visible to observers in the northern hemisphere but it’s no longer visible to the unaided eye. If you have binoculars or a telescope, you can catch the magnitude 5.8 comet midway between Cassiopeia and Almach, the last star at the end of Andromeda.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Left image taken by the author using Slooh. Right image courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

21:54 UT – Mercury is at half phase. (50% illuminated, magnitude 0.2, diameter 7.5”. Capricornus, pre-dawn sky.)

13:20 UT – The just-past new Moon passes Neptune. (Neptune: magnitude 8.0, diameter 2.2”. Aquarius, not visible.)

 

 

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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