Today’s Astronomical Events – August 8th, 2015

The waning crescent Moon passes M45, the Pleaides open star cluster, in the pre-dawn sky. Located in Taurus the Bull, this is just one of several winter constellations now beginning to emerge in the early morning twilight. Those in the northern hemisphere should also be able to spot Auriga while those in the southern hemisphere should easily see Orion climbing over the horizon.

(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.

 

 

01:25 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes M45, the Pleiades open star cluster. (Naked eye, Taurus, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)

03:25 UT – Asteroid 2 Pallas is stationary prior to resuming prograde motion. (Magnitude 9.3. Hercules, evening sky.)

19:42 UT – Venus is at aphelion. Distance to Sun: 0.728 AU (3% illuminated, magnitude -4.1, diameter 56.2”. Leo, not visible.)

22:12 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Aldebaran. (Naked eye, Taurus, pre-dawn sky. See images above.)

 

 

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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