This Week’s Sky: January 23rd-29th

Orion Nebula

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

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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

venus jupiter conjunction

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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This Week’s Sky: October 9th-15th

The Big Dipper

Sunday, October 9th: Mercury emerges close to the horizon during twilight hours.  Look below the constellation Leo to spot the faint and fast moving world.  Although tricky to spot even with a clear eastern horizon, it’s a wonderful opportunity to try. By next week, Mercury will be even lower to …

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