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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

January 22, 2018

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    Due east at 7:45 this evening, about half-way up from the horizon, the twin stars of Gemini mark the heads of Castor, above, and Pollux, below. The twins have a rich collection of mythology, often as sons of Leda, but having different fathers - Zeus and Tyndareus. Strange? Well, just remember it's a myth.

  • January 23:

    Jupiter continues to rise a few minutes earlier each night, not because of its motion, but rather the Earth's orbit. It climbs above the eastern horizon near 2 o'clock, which brings it due south at 6:45, just barely visible in the brightening twilight.

  • January 24:

    The brilliant bluish-white star Vega does an interesting thing for the next month or so. It will set tonight about 7:35 PM far to the north. But it will rise again 5 hours later at 12:07 AM, climbing into the northeast.