Today’s Astronomical Events – May 1st, 2015

05-01 Bootes

Boötes is a large, kite-shaped constellation that lies between Ursa Major and Virgo. It contains the fourth brightest star in the sky, Arcturus, an red giant only 37 light years away. The star has been known across the world since antiquity and its light was famously used to open the 1933 World Fair in Chicago.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory. 



The constellation Boötes (the Herdsman) culminates at midnight tonight. (All night. See image above.)



Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are 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”


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