Today’s Astronomical Events – May 16th, 2015

Saturn is brightening and rising earlier with each passing day. Lucky Australian observers get to see the ringed world mid-evening but those in North America and the United Kingdom will have to wait another few hours. Unfortunately, the planet is passing through Libra and appears close to Scorpius in the sky; consequently, for northern hemisphere observers this means it will be quite low over the horizon.

(Click on an image to enlarge.)

Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory. 



Saturn brightens to magnitude 0.0. (Diameter 18.4”. Naked eye, Libra, 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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