Celestial Events

2015 Celestial Events

MonthDayEvent
January3
4
7
10
14
16
21
Quadrantid Meteor Shower
Earth at Perihelion
Jupiter 5° north of Moon
Venus 0.6° east of Mercury, low in west
Mercury at greatest elongation east
Saturn 2° from Moon
Young Moon 5° to right of Venus at sunset
February20
21
24
25
Moon, Mars and Venus together low in west
Venus and Mars 1/2° apart low in west
Mercury at greatest elongation east
Moon 1/2° from Aldebaran
March4
8
12
20
21
22
24
Venus and Uranus in conjunction
Daylight Savings Time begins
Saturn 2.5° south of moon, morning sky
Vernal Equinox
Mars 1° north of Moon
Venus 3° north of Moon
Moon passes through Hyades cluster
April4
8
11
21
25
30
Total Lunar Eclipse
Saturn 2° from Moon
Venus 2.5° from Pleiades cluster
Lyrid Meteor Shower next 3 nights
Astronomy Day
Mercury 1.6° south of Pleiades, low in west
May5
6
22
Eta Aquarid Meter Shower & Saturn 3° from Moon
Mercury at greatest elongation east
Saturn at opposition
June1
11
13
20
21
24
28
30
Saturn 3° from Moon
Cherry Springs Star Party (June 11-14)
Venus 1° from Beehive cluster
Moon, Jupiter and Venus in conjunction
Summer Solstice
Mercury at greatest elongation west
Saturn 2° south of Moon
Venus and Jupiter only 20 arc minutes apart
July6
10
12
14
17
18
24
25
28
Earth at aphelion
Venus at greatest brilliance
Moon in Hyades cluster
New Horizons spacecraft arrives at Pluto
Stargazing Manitoulin (July 17-19)
Moon and Venus less than 1° apart
Dwarf planet Ceres at opposition
Saturn 2° from Moon
Delta Aquarid meteor shower
August12
13
14
22
31
Perseid Meteor Shower
Starfest (August 13-16)
Manitoulin Star Party (August 14-17)
Saturn 3° from Moon
Neptune opposition
September4
10
18
23
24
27
28
Moon occults Aldebaran and Mercury at greatest elongation east
Venus 3° from Moon
Saturn 2° from Moon
Autumnal Equinox
Mars and Regulus less than 1° apart
Total Lunar Eclipse
Vesta at opposition
October2
8
9
11
15
16
17
21
25
26
28
29
Moon in Hyades cluster
Draconid meteor shower
Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Moon together
Mercury 1° from Moon & Uranus at opposition
Mercury at greatest elongation west
Saturn 3° from Moon
Mars and Jupiter 1/2° apart
Orionid meteor shower
Venus 1° from Jupiter this morning and next
Venus at greatest elongation west
Venus, Mars and Jupiter triple conjunction
Moon 3° from Aldebaran
November1
2
6
7
17
26
Daylight Savings Time ends
Venus and Mars 1° apart this morning and next
Moon 3° from Jupiter
Moon 1 1/2° from Venus and 3° from Mars
Leonid meteor shower
Moon occults Aldebaran
December4
7
13
23
29
31
Moon 3° from Jupiter
Moon 1 1/2° from Venus & Moon occults Venus
Geminid meteor shower
Moon 2° from Aldebaran
Mercury at greatest elongation east
Moon 3° from Jupiter