On the morning of Jan. 6, look in the south-southeast sky 45 minutes before sunrise to see Jupiter and dimmer Mars. Mars is only one-sixth the apparent diameter of Jupiter, but the two offer a great binocular and telescopic view with a pretty color contrast. They remain in each other’s neighborhood from Jan. 5-8. Also, to end the month, a great total lunar eclipse! It favors the western U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii and British Columbia on Jan. 31. Australia and the Pacific Ocean are well placed to see a major portion of the eclipse–if not all of it. Watch to find out when and where to look up! Credit: NASA
What’s up in the night sky for the rest of January?
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