Today’s Astronomical Events – July 4th, 2015

Despite being at their closest just three short days ago, Venus and Jupiter are now slowly drifting apart. Venus is moving on, heading toward Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation of Leo. Meanwhile, Jupiter continues to lose it’s race against the Sun and is gradually sinking closer to the horizon.

Keep your eyes on the pair over the next few weeks; in particular, start counting down to July 18th, when the waxing crescent Moon will join the two planets and Regulus for a very picturesque view in the evening twilight sky.

(Click on the image to enlarge.)

Image courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

06:33 UT – The waning gibbous Moon passes dwarf planet Ceres. (Ceres: magnitude 7.4. Microscopium, pre-dawn sky.)

08:03 UT – Pluto is at perigee. Distance to Earth: 31.887 AU. (Pluto: magnitude 14.1. Sagittarius, all night.)

The planetary nebula M57, the Ring Nebula, culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 8.8. Lyra, all night. See yesterday’s post for more details.)

 

 

Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.

All times, except those accompanying the graphics, are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.

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