Today’s Astronomical Events – August 14th, 2015

Time is running out if you want to see Saturn in the northern hemisphere as it’s slowly sinking toward the Sun. For those in the United Kingdom, it can be seen in the darkening evening twilight, low over the south-western horizon. The planet sticks around for about three hours after sunset but those in North America will see it for another hour.

The truly lucky ones are those in the southern hemisphere where they are still within their winter months. The planet is nearly overhead (indicated by the Z in the image above) at around 9:00 p.m. and is therefore very well-placed for observation. Even though binoculars an oval shape, caused by its rings, can be seen but through a small telescope the view can be spectacular.

(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.



14:53 UT – New Moon. (Leo, not visible.)

18:20 UT – The just-past new Moon passes Venus. (Venus: 1% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, diameter 57.8”. 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.

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)

(Kindle & Paperback)

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Amazon – US

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