Two Events Illuminate the Evening Twilight

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January 12th, 2017

There are two events for evening observers tonight. Firstly, Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation. This means the planet appears at its furthest from the Sun in the sky (47 degrees away) and can be seen shining in the evening twilight for over four hours after sunset. Mars is also nearby in the sky. Right now there’s a gap of about seven degrees between the two worlds but this will close to four in early February.

After you’ve enjoyed the view to the south-west you can turn nearly 180 degrees and look toward the east. Here, still low over the horizon, the Moon will be rising. Having turned full earlier today, it now appears below the twin stars of Gemini, Castor and Pollux. Orion, with orange Betelgeuse marking his shoulder, is also rising while Capella, the brightest star in Auriga, appears midway between the horizon and the zenith overhead.

Click on an image to enlarge. Images created using the Mobile Observatory app for Android – http://zima.co/

 

Adapted from 2017: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., and the United Kingdom) and 2017: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., and the United Kingdom.) For an easy guide to learn the constellations in the night sky, try my book, Signposts to the Stars (see image and links below.)

 

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Details of all available books across the world can be found here or by visiting the author’s page on Amazon. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at astronomywriter “at” gmail.com

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