Today’s Astronomical Events – May 4th, 2015

The Moon turns full as it traverses the constellation of Libra, the Scales. You’ll have a hard time picking out the stars of that faint constellation but Saturn will be easily visible closer to the horizon. The Moon will pass the ringed planet tomorrow.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory. 



02:00 UT – Mercury fades to magnitude 0.0. (46% illuminated, diameter 7.3”. Naked eye, Taurus, evening sky.)

03:42 UT – Full Moon. (Naked eye, Libra, visible 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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