Eyes on the week of Jan 27 thru Feb 2

Jan 26

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1/26/2014 9:41 PM  RssIcon

Here's what's happening in the night sky for the week of January 27 thru February 2

Want to see what's up in the sky this week? This daily reminder chart will let you know lots of individual, time-sensitive events occurring in the night sky for amateur astronomers to observe naked eye, with binoculars and sometimes a telescope.

Not sure how to convert the Universal Times to your local time zone? For U.S. observers, click here. For other visitors, check this site.

Monday, Jan 27

Tuesday, Jan 28:

  • Mars is 5 degrees north of Spica, and remains close to the star all week long
  • Algol at minimum, 22:40 UT

Wednesday, Jan 29

  • The waning crescent Moon is 2 degrees south of Venus
  • Look for Messier 42, 43, NGC 1981 and double stars in Orion
  • Messier 35 is a superb, large open cluster to see in Gemini

Thursday, Jan 30:

  • Look for Sirius B or Omi 2 Eri B - white dwarf stars in winter sky
  • Moon is new at 21:38 UT
  • Moon is at perigee, 10:00 UT (large tides - perigee is when the Moon is closest to Earth)

Friday, Jan 31:

Saturday, Feb 1:

  • Moon is 4 degrees north of Mercury (the Moon will appear closest for the western hemisphere on Jan 31)

Sunday Feb 2:

  • Moon is above Mercury approximately 10 degrees in evening sky for observers in Americas

Not sure how to convert the Universal Times to your local time zone? For U.S. observers, click here. For other visitors, check this site.

Want to know how to find and see these sights and more in the night sky with binoculars or a small telescope? Check out the homepage. For recent videos of other celestial sights to see, click the "Videos" link at the top of this page.


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