Today’s Astronomical Events – May 5th, 2015

The Eta Aquariid meteor shower reaches its peak today. Under ideal conditions, you can expect to see about 65 shooting stars an hour; unfortunately, the Moon will be just-past full and its light may drown out many of the fainter meteors.

As with all showers, the shooting stars are visible throughout the night but you’ll see more in the early hours of the morning. This is when the radiant (the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to originate) will be rising above the eastern horizon.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory. 



16:07 UT – The just-past full Moon passes Saturn. (Saturn: magnitude 0.1, diameter 18.4”. Naked eye, Scorpius, pre-dawn sky.)

The Eta Aquariid meteor shower peaks. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 65. (Moon: just-past full. Naked eye, Aquarius, all night but best in the pre-dawn sky. See images 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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