Today’s Astronomical Events – August 7th, 2015

The Moon reaches its last quarter today and is easily seen in the pre-dawn sky. It’s currently moving through the constellation of Aries, the Ram, and will be traversing Taurus, the Bull, tomorrow. If you’re not able to get up early, look out for the Moon when you rise in the morning as it will still be visible in the daylight sky before it sets around midday.

(Click on an 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.



02:02 UT – Last Quarter Moon. (Naked eye, Aries, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)

07:34 UT – Mercury appears 32’ north of Jupiter. (Mercury: 88% illuminated, magnitude -0.6, diameter 5.2”. Jupiter: magnitude -1.7, diameter 31.0”.  Leo, not visible.)

20:23 UT – Mercury appears 53’ north of Regulus. (88% illuminated, magnitude -0.6, diameter 5.2”. Leo, not visible.)



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.

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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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