This is Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Line for Friday, January 19 through Sunday, January 21, written by Sam Salem. On Friday, Sun rises at 7:21am and sets at 4:52pm; the Waxing Crescent Moon rises at 8:50am and sets at 7:30pm. Mercury, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter are arrayed across the southeast roughly 45 minutes before sunrise. Jupiter, at magnitude –0.9, is the brightest and the highest, sitting a little less than 30 degrees above the horizon. Mars, at 1.3-magnitude, is just five degrees to the left of Jupiter. Saturn, at magnitude 0.5, shines only at five degrees altitude. Mercury, at –0.3 magnitude,… Continue reading
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