Today’s Astronomical Events – July 12th, 2015

Venus continues it’s slide toward the horizon but reaches it’s brightest today. It’s slowly catching up to Regulus in Leo and will pass the bright star next Wednesday, July 15th. Take a look while you can; it’s already low for observers in the United Kingdom and will only fade and sink further in the weeks to come.

(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.



05:24 UT – Venus reaches its maximum brightness. Magnitude: -4.47. (Illumination 25%, diameter 38.6”. Naked eye, Leo, evening sky. See images above.)

18:55 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Aldebaran. (Naked eye, Taurus, pre-dawn sky.)

The Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower begins. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 16. (Naked eye, Aquarius, all night but best in the 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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4 thoughts on “Today’s Astronomical Events – July 12th, 2015

    • Hi Paulette,

      Thanks for the reblog and the kind comments – I appreciate it.

      I’m afraid I don’t know anywhere specifically in NV, other than the desert, of course. Personally, I’d love to go there and stare at the Milky Way. If you have a particularly dark night and particularly good eyesight, you can see your own shadow cast by starlight.

      I myself live in the suburbs of Los Angeles, so I count myself lucky to see any starlight at all!

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      • Hello fellow Californian. I used to live in Orange County over 25 years and I relocated to Las Vegas Nevada a year ago.
        Even though I was born in Tucson Arizona California is my hometown and I really miss the beach.
        What’s your name?

        I am Paulette Le Pore Motzko on Facebook and PollyMotzko on Twitter and Pinterest and Instagram.
        It’s wonderful to meet you.


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