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Astronomy Calendar 2015 / Astronomical events 2015

Calendar Chart of Astronomical Events January 2015

 

Astronomical Diary Events January 2015

 

Quadrantids Meteor Shower 01 to 06 January 2015

peak: 04  00:01 – 02:00Blue and Yellow meteors

Conditions for 2015 unfavourable

 

Aldebaran 1.4S of Moon; 02 January 11:00 GMT/UT

Pluto conjunction with Sun0323:00 Pluto will appear very close to the Sun in the sky as it passes around the far side of the solar system from the Earth.

 

Moon furthest North (18.6) 03 January 2015  18:00 GMT/UT

 

Earth Perihelion with Sun (nearest to Sun)  04 January, 06:36 GMT/UT  

Distance (0.983277390 au) 147,096,204 km / 91,401,343 Miles

 

Full Moon 05 January 04:53 GMT/UT

 

Comet Lovejoy: C/2014 Q2; Perihelion with Earth; 07 January 2015: a long period comet; next return about 8,000 years. Year 10015.

 

 

Jupiter 4.9 north of Moon 08 January 2015, 05:00 GMT/UT

Regulus 4.0 north of Moon 08 January 2015, 23:00 GMT/UT

 

Moon at apogee 09 January 2015, 18:00 GMT/UT Diameter: 29’28’’

 

Vesta conjunction with Sun 11 January 2015, 06:00 GMT/UT

 

Last Quarter Moon. 13 January 2015, 09:46 GMT/UT

Spica 2.9 south of Moon,  13 January 2015, 12:00 GMT/UT

 

Mercury greatest elongation;  East 1, 14 January 2015, 16:00 GMT/UT

evenings; brightness:  -0.6 mag

 

Moon 2° south of Saturn 16 January 2015, 12:00 GMT/UT

 

Moon furthest south (-18.6) 18 January 2015, 06:00 GMT/UT

 

Pluto 2.8° south of Moon, 19 January 2015, 10:00 GMT/UT

Neptune 0.2° North of Mars, 19 January 2015 21:00 GMT/UT

 

 

Mars 0.2° south of Neptune, 20 January 2015 00:00 GMT/UT

New Moon, 20 January 2015, 13:14 GMT/UT

 

 

Mercury at Perihelion, 21 January 2015.

Mercury stationary 21 January 2015. 02:00 GMT/UT

Mercury 2.9° south of Moon, 21 January 2015, 15:00 GMT/UT

Moon at perigee, 21 January 2015. 20:00 GMT/UTDiameter: 33’13’’

 

Venus 5.4°S of Moon, 22 January 2015, 01:00 GMT/UT

Neptune 3.8°S of Moon, 22 January 2015, 22:00 GMT/UT

 

Mars 3.8°S of Moon, 23 January 2015, 02:00 GMT/UT

 

Moon 0.6° south of Uranus, 25 January 2015, 11:00 GMT/UT

 

First Quarter Moon, 27 January 2015,  04:48 GMT/UT

 

Aldebaran 1.2°S of Moon, 29 January, 17:00 GMT/UT  

Asteroid Juno at Opposition to Sun, 29 January 2015, 22:00 GMT/UT

 

Comet Lovejoy: C/2014 Q2; Perihelion with the Sun; 30 January 2015: a long period comet; next return about 8,000 years. Year 10015.

 

Mercury inferior conjunction to Sun 30 January 2015, 13:00

 

Moon furthest North (18.5°), 31 January,  01:00 GMT/UT 

 

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All of the important information for astronomers of astronomical events and phenomena 2015

Astronomical Calendar January 2015

 

A diary of astronomical events for 2015, including lunar eclipses, solar eclipses, meteor showers,  conjunctions, equinoxes, solstices, planet conjunctions, minor planet conjunctions, star positions, longest day, shortest day, Earth’s perihelion, Earth’s aphelion.  

 

Comet Lovejoy

photo description:

 

Photograph by Paul Stewart.

Comet discovered by Terry Lovejoy, 17 August 2014.

 

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Comet Lovejoy, Photograph by Paul Stewart.

 

Comet Lovejoy discovered by Terry Lovejoy, 17 August 2014.

This is Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy's fifth comet discovery.

 

A long period comet; next return approximatley 8,000 years: Returns around 10015.

 

 

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2015 Comet Lovejoy

 

Comet Lovejoy / C/2014 Q2, last passed through our solar system 11,500 years ago.

 

Observing Comet Lovejoy ‘C/2014 Q2  Mainly a binocular celestial object:

 

Lovejoy, under favourable conditions and with keen eyesight, may be observable with the naked eye and will appear as a small grey smudge. Binoculars or a small telescope may possible reveal Lovejoy as a glowing green ball.

 

Mid-January, From a northern hemisphere perspective, Lovejoy is on the outer limits of the constellation of Taurus, heading in a northerly direction to the east of The Pleiades.