Today’s Astronomical Events – May 8th, 2015

Venus remains a brilliant object, visible in the early evening twilight for several hours after sunset. Tonight it leaves Taurus and crosses the border into the constellation of Gemini the Twins.

Mercury, however, clings close to the horizon and may be difficult to see and may require binoculars to locate it. See yesterday’s post for more information.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory. 



20:29 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes Pluto. (Pluto: magnitude 14.1. Sagittarius, pre-dawn sky.)

Venus leaves Taurus and enters Gemini. (64% illuminated, magnitude -4.1, diameter 17.7”. Naked eye, evening 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”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s