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Celestial Surprises

Notable upcoming celestial events for 2015 that are visible from the Nashville/Brentwood area.  Unless otherwise noted, please refer to our calendar to see if Dyer Observatory is planning on any special viewing events.

January – February – Comet Lovejoy has brightened to naked-eye visibility from dark locations.  You can find its position in the sky by visiting this star map.  Binoculars are recommended.

February 6 – Jupiter is at opposition, meaning that it will rise as the Sun sets and be visible all night.

April 4 Lunar Eclipse – A partial lunar eclipse will be visible from Nashville just before sunrise.  Areas of the western United States will be able to experience a total lunar eclipse.

May 9 – Mercury passes in front of, or transits, the Sun from 6:12am until 1:42pm. The event is visible with solar telescopes. Dyer Observatory and Radnor Lake State Natural Area will be partnering for a public viewing. More information, including how to get tickets, can be found here.

May 22 – Saturn is at opposition, meaning that it will rise as the Sun sets and be visible all night.

August 12-13 – Perseid Meteor Shower

September 27 – Total Lunar Eclipse during the evening hours.

October 1 to ~ November 10 – Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are in conjuction (near to each other) in the early morning just before sunrise.  On October 17 & 18, Mars and Jupiter are less than a full-moon-width from each other in the sky, making them simultaneously visible in many telescopes.    On October 25 and 26, Jupiter and Venus are a little more than a full-moon-width from one another. Finally, the Moon joins the trio on November 6-7.

November 17-18 – Leonid Meteor Shower

December 7 – The Moon occults Venus around 11:25am CST. The crescent moon, which will be difficult to see in the daylight hours, will pass in front of (or occult) the gibbous Venus.  Venus will reappear approximately 95 minutes later.

December 13-14 – Geminid Meteor Shower