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.
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.
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