Today’s Astronomical Events – March 16th, 2015

Venus slips away from Pisces, the Fishes, and enters the constellation of Aries the Ram today. You won’t see any change in the evening sky, but tonight presents another opportunity to spot Mars in the evening twilight. Slightly more than three weeks ago, it was a prominent object close to Venus and the Moon, but now the Sun is quickly catching up to it.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

01:29 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes dwarf planet Ceres. (Ceres: magnitude 8.6. Sagittarius, pre-dawn sky.)

Venus leaves Pisces and enters Aries. (83% illuminated, magnitude -4.0, diameter 12.8”. Evening sky. See image above.)

 

 

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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