Today’s Astronomical Events – April 10th, 2015

Tonight is a good opportunity to see Venus very close to M45, the Pleiades open star cluster, in the west after sunset. The pair are actually closest tomorrow, but due to time zone differences, observers in the northern hemisphere will see the pair at their closest tonight. Keep an eye on Venus over the next few nights to see how it moves and slowly passes the distant star cluster. 

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Map courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

04:00 UT – Mercury is at superior conjunction with the Sun. Distance to Earth: 1.335 AU (100% illuminated, magnitude -2.1, diameter 5.0”. Pisces, not visible.)

12:20 UT – Mercury is at maximum brightness. Magnitude: -2.1 (100% illuminated, diameter 5.0”. Pisces, not visible.)

 

 

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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