This Week’s Sky: January 23rd-29th

Monday, January 23rd: Venus shines bright Venus shines bright at a magnitude -4.7 in the sky about a half-hour after sunset.  Currently, it is the brightest object in the night sky, shining 10 times brighter than Jupiter, the second object with the highest magnitude. Look in the southwest sky between …

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Theory of Microbes on Mars

Microbes could survive Mars’ thin atmosphere, according to recent research led by astrobiologist Rebecca Mickol at the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. As the oldest form of life on Earth and the smallest, microbes are resilient. Fossils prove microbes existed more …

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Vesta, Moon’s Apogee, Orion, and More in This Week’s Sky

Sunday, January 15th: The Misnomer of the Summer Triangle The Summer Triangle may still be seen during January low in the northwest.  This asterism, or pattern of stars, has three stars: Vega, Deneb, and Altair. Vega is the fifth brightest star in the sky and the brightest star in the …

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Aldebaran, Full Moon, Venus, and more in this week’s sky

Check out the main astronomical actors taking the stage for astronomers to watch for the week of January 7th through the 14th. Happy stargazing! January 7th: The Little Dipper Look straight down from Polaris, known as the North Star, to find the dim Litter Dipper January 8th: Aldebaran and the …

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