Today’s Astronomical Events – April 5th, 2015

After passing through the Earth’s shadow during yesterday’s total lunar eclipse, the Moon now appears close to the bright star Spica in the constellation of Virgo. Although best seen in the pre-dawn sky, it rises before midnight and is particularly well placed for observers in the southern hemisphere.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Map courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

07:13 UT – The just-past full Moon passes Spica. (Naked eye, Virgo, visible all night)

21:03 UT – Mercury is at apogee. Distance to Earth: 1.345 AU (99% illuminated, magnitude -1.5, diameter 5.0″. Cetus, not visible.)

Mercury leaves Cetus and returns to Pisces. (98% illuminated, magnitude -1.5, diameter 5.0”. Pisces, not visible.)

The bright, multiple star Cor Caroli culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 2.9. Naked eye, Canes Venatici, all night.)

The spiral galaxy M64, the Black Eye Galaxy, culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 9.4. Coma Berenices, 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 upcoming astronomical events in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle Edition) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle Edition and Paperback Edition) and 2016 An Astronomical Year (North American Kindle 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.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at astronomywriter “at” gmail.com

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