The Moon reaches first quarter tonight and joins a trio of planets in the early evening sky. Both Jupiter and Venus are brilliant and easily seen, but faint Mercury will present a challenge to many.
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Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
23:55 UT – First Quarter Moon. (Naked eye, Cancer, evening sky.)
The Lyrid meteor shower ends. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 18. (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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