Today’s Astronomical Events – July 9th, 2015

While Venus and Jupiter continue to separate in the west, Saturn still shines in Libra toward the south. Although it’s been over a month since opposition, when it was at its best for the year, the planet is still a breathtaking sight in a telescope. Even a small telescope will reveal the rings and maybe even a bright moon or two. As an added bonus, the rings are currently wide open, making it easier to see the shadow of the planet against the rings themselves – something that’s not so readily apparent when the rings appear more edge-on toward us.

(Click on the image to enlarge. Adapted from 2015: An Astronomical Year, available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom.)

Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.

 

 

01:07 UT – The just-past last quarter Moon passes Uranus. (Uranus: magnitude 5.8, diameter 3.5”. Pisces, pre-dawn sky.)

 

 

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.

2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle Edition) 2016 An Astronomical Year Paperback Cover 2016 The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac 2015-2019

2015: An Astronomical Year

2016: An Astronomical Year 2016: The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook (Pocket Edition)

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