Today’s Astronomical Events – March 8th, 2015

The waning gibbous Moon passes close to Spica tonight. Observers in the United Kingdom will see it at its closest while North American observers will see the Moon just past the bright white star.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



08:24 UT – Asteroid 3 Juno is stationary prior to resuming prograde motion. (Magnitude 8.6. Cancer, evening sky.)

20:26 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes Spica. (Virgo, pre-dawn sky. See image above.)

The planetary nebula M97, the Owl Nebula, culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 9.9. Ursa Major, all night.)



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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