Planetary Close Encounters #1 – Jupiter

 

 

January 28th, 2016

As all five naked eye planets become visible in the pre-dawn twilight, the Moon gradually edges forward and encounters each one. First up is Jupiter, a brilliant pale gold beacon above the south-western horizon in the morning twilight. (Observers in the southern hemisphere can spy it above the north-western horizon.)

The Moon passes the Spica, the brightest star in Virgo the Virgin before planetary encounter #2 on February 1st: the red planet, Mars.

Adapted from 2016: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom) and 2016: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.)

 

All Astronomical Events for January 28th, 2016

Uranus fades to magnitude 5.9. (Apparent diameter 3.5”. Pisces, evening sky.)

The constellation Cancer (the Crab) culminates at midnight tonight. (All night.)

 

Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here. Night sky simulations created using Mobile Observatory for Android devices.

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