Today’s Astronomical Events – July 18th, 2015

The waxing crescent Moon passes closes to Venus, Jupiter and Regulus in the evening sky tonight. Observers in the southern hemisphere will get the best view while those in the United Kingdom face a challenge as all four will be low on the western horizon. Regulus may be particularly faint and difficult to spot; using binoculars will certainly help. This will be your last chance to see both planets close to the Moon in the evening sky for the rest of the year!

(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.

 

 

19:33 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Jupiter. (Jupiter: magnitude -1.7, diameter 31.6”. Naked eye, Leo, evening sky. See images above.)

The bright star Altair culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 0.8. Naked eye, Aquila, all night. See July 13th for map.)

 

 

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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