Today’s Astronomical Events – March 9th, 2015

M65 culminates at midnight tonight. It is consequently visible throughout the entire night, making this is the best night of the year to observe it. A spiral galaxy discovered by French astronomer Charles Messier in 1780, it is the 65th object in his famous catalog of deep sky objects. It lies about 35 million light years away and can be found in the constellation Leo, midway between the bright star Chort to the north and fainter iota Leonis to the south.

At magnitude 10, you’ll need at least a pair of binoculars to see it. There are two other galaxies nearby, M66 and NGC 3268, which collectively form a small group known as the Leo Triplet.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Map courtesy of Mobile Observatory. Photograph taken by the author using Slooh.



The spiral galaxy M65 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 10.3. Leo, all night. See images 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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