Three Worlds Shine in the Morning Twilight

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January 19th, 2017

Look out for the last quarter Moon this morning as it appears close to brilliant Jupiter in the southern sky. Spica, the brightest star in Virgo, is also nearby and just below the pair. Meanwhile orange Antares, the red beating heart of Scorpius the Scorpion, is rising over the horizon toward the south-east.

As you’re looking toward Antares you may notice two other bright “stars” over the south-eastern horizon. The first, Saturn, is actually the fainter of the two but being higher in the sky may be easier to find. Mercury, the innermost planet in our solar system, is brighter but appears lower above the horizon and hence its brightness is dimmed against the background sky. However, it should still be relatively easily found as it’s currently at its best visibility for the month.

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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Easy Things to See With a Small Telescope

2016: An Astronomical Year 2016: The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) Signposts to the Stars

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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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