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Observing With Webb - January 2018

Observing With Webb - January 2018

Mornings are for the planets this month, with Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn all making appearances, including conjunctions of two different pairs of these planets. The Moon will pass by each of these planets, be full twice, and be eclipsed by Earth’s shadow, but only visibly in certain spots. Naked-eye PLANETS... - Around Sunset – None - Throughout the night – None - Morning (SE) – Mercury (1st half of month), Mars, Jupiter, Saturn (2nd half of month) CONSTELLATIONS... STRAIGHT UP Use a sky map from to visually help you out. If you’re looking straight up above you… - After Sunset (sunset is around 5:00pm) – Perseus, Taurus, Auriga – Extra Challenge! Right in the middle of Perseus is an open cluster called Mel 20.  If you take binoculars and look around Perseus, you’ll see plenty of stars, but right in the middle where Mel 20 is, there are a lot more than you can see anywhere else in Perseus, hence they call it a cluster of stars.   Do go visit http://astrogear.spre