Tonight presents a good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waxing crescent Moon. Observers in Australia will see it closest to Aldebaran and Venus. After staring at the Moon, stay up late (or get up early) to see the Lyrid meteor shower. Although shooting stars may be seen throughout the night, you’ll have your best chance of seeing some in the early hours of the morning. You may see as many as 18 under clear, dark skies.
(Click on an image to enlarge.)
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
The dust storm season ends on Mars. (99% illuminated, magnitude 1.4, diameter 3.8”. Aries, not visible.)
Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waxing crescent Moon after sunset. (Naked eye, evening sky. See images above.)
The Lyrid meteor shower peaks. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 18. (Moon: waxing crescent. Naked eye, Lyra, all night but best in the pre-dawn sky.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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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.
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