Today’s Astronomical Events – August 16th, 2015

If you live in the southern hemisphere you’ll get a chance to see the thin crescent Moon close to Mercury in the early evening sky tonight. Eagle-eyed observers in North America might also get lucky, but you’ll probably need binoculars to help you as the pair will be close to the horizon and Mercury may be hard to see.

Unfortunately those in the United Kingdom will be lucky to see anything as both the Moon and Mercury will probably be too low to be visible. Look out for the Moon as it escapes from the Sun’s light over the next few nights.

(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.

 

 

00:30 UT – Venus is at perigee. Distance to Earth: 0.288 AU. (1% illuminated, magnitude -4.0, diameter 57.8”. Leo, not visible.)

15:55 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes Mercury. (Mercury: 78% illuminated, magnitude -0.2, diameter 5.6”. Leo, evening sky.)

22:31 UT – The waxing crescent Moon passes asteroid 3 Juno (Juno: magnitude 10.7. Leo, not visible.)

Venus brightens to magnitude -4.0 (1% illuminated, magnitude -4.0, 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.

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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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