Today’s Astronomical Events – April 9th, 2015

North American observers got a good view of the waning gibbous Moon close to Saturn yesterday morning and today Australian observers get their chance. Hours later, northern hemisphere observers can see the Moon form a triangular group with the ringed planet and Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius the Scorpion.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Map courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

The globular cluster M53 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 8.3. Coma Berenices, all night.)

The spiral galaxy M63, the Sunflower Galaxy, culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 9.3. Canes Venatici, 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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