Today’s Astronomical Events – April 15th, 2015

This morning presents a good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waning crescent Moon. Observers in Australia will get the best view, but unfortunately there are no nearby bright stars or planets to complete the scene.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Map courtesy of Mobile Observatory. Image by the author, May 2006, take with an Orion XT 4.5″ Dobsonian telescope and a Kodak digital camera.

 

 

Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waning crescent Moon before sunrise. (Naked eye, pre-dawn sky.)

14:50 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Neptune. (Neptune: magnitude 7.9, diameter 2.2”. Aquarius, pre-dawn sky.)

15:23 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes asteroid 4 Vesta. (Vesta: magnitude 7.6. Aquarius, pre-dawn sky. See images 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 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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