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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

January 18, 2020

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    High in the northern skies Cassiopeia, the Queen rules from her throne. Finding first the zig-zag of stars that looks like an "M" this time of year, use the fainter stars to perhaps see an upside down throne, the tall back angling lower to the right, and the legs extending up and left.

  • January 19:

    Early risers tomorrow morning will enjoy a celestial treat, as the waning Crescent Moon shines to the upper right of the slowly brightening Mars. Meanwhile, Mars continues to edge closer to its stellar namesake of sorts, Antares, to its lower right. Antares means "rival of Mars" in Greek.

  • January 20:

    The evenings this month continue to feature a splendidly brilliant object in the southwest after sunset. Venus outshines all other planets and stars, thanks in part to its closer position to the Sun, reflecting more intense sunlight, but also because it is smoothered in a blanket of reflective, surlfuric acid clouds.

Star Charts

  • January 3, 2020 - January 31, 2020:

    Overhead during the evenings in January, faint features include the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Seven Sisters.

    Overhead during the evenings in January, faint features include the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Seven Sisters.