January 12th, 2016
Tonight presents a good opportunity to see Earthshine, when the whole of the Moon is visible. This month, the Moon is passing through the faint stars of Aquarius and unseen Neptune lies nearby.
You’ll need at least binoculars or a telescope to see that distant planet, but some of Aquarius’s stars may be visible in the evening twilight.
Of the other planets, there are five that can be easily seen with just the unaided eye. Four of those, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, can be seen in the pre-dawn sky and although Mercury is currently hidden from view, it should be joining them by the end of the month.
Unfortunately, until the Moon makes its way across the sky to visit those planets, it must make it’s journey alone.
All Astronomical Events for January 12th, 2016
21:18 UT – Asteroid 2 Pallas is in conjunction with the Sun. (Pallas: Magnitude 10.2. Aquila, not visible.)
Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waxing crescent Moon. (Aquarius, evening sky.)
The constellation Canis Minor (the Little Dog) culminates at midnight tonight. (All night.)
The bright star Castor culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 2.0. Gemini, all night.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
Easy Things to See With a Small Telescope
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