Skip to Content

Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

January 23, 2017

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    Tomorrow morning, the waning Crescent Moon offers early risers a fine display, and an opportunity to see the return of the great ringed planet, Saturn. The pair will be rising between 4:30 and 5 o'clock in the east-southeast, Saturn to the lower right of the Moon, joined by the red star Antares well to the right.

  • January 24:

    The early morning skies tomorrow offer a challenge for those up early enough to scan the brightening twilight for the Crescent Moon between 5:45 and 6:00. As twilight increases from 6:15 to 6:30, a bright spark of light appears below and a little left of the Moon, very low above a level southeast horizon. This is Mercury, nearing the end of its morning viewing.

  • January 25:

    The Milky Way Galaxy is a fine sight, but it is not the only galaxy - or large group of stars and star systems - we can see. At 6:00 PM this evening, looking due west, about two-thirds of the way up from the horizon, another galaxy can be seen as a faint smudge of light, the Andromeda Galaxy, over 2.5 million light years in the distance.