There are currently two brilliant beacons shining long after sunset in the west/north-west. Venus sets first and is closer to the horizon in the images above while Jupiter hangs between Cancer and Leo. Keep watching as the gap between them closes; by the end of June, the two planets will be side-by-side with the pair being at their closest on July 1st.
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Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
18:26 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes asteroid 4 Vesta. (Vesta: magnitude 7.5. Aquarius, pre-dawn sky.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are 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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