Today’s Astronomical Events – March 12th, 2015

The waning gibbous Moon appears close to the planet Saturn and the bright star Antares today. Observers in the southern hemisphere will need to stay up late to see the three together, but those in the northern hemisphere only need to set their alarm clocks a little earlier in the morning.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Map courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

09:42 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes Saturn (Saturn: magnitude 0.4, diameter 17.2”. Scorpius, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)

10:28 UT – Saturn passes Antares. Separation: 8.4° (Saturn: magnitude 0.4, diameter 17.2”. Scorpius, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)

15:54 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes Antares. (Scorpius, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)

The constellation Crater (the Cup) culminates at midnight tonight. (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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