Moon Near Jupiter – By Jove!

14jan-bino   This evening as the nearly full Moon rises it will be within about 4-5 degrees from the planet Jupiter. As the graphic shows both will fit within the field of view of 7×50 binoculars.

14jan-sm-ani    This part of the northern hemisphere winter sky contains several of the brightest night time stars arranged into a six-sided hexagonal shape asterism sometimes known as the ‘Winter Circle’ or the ‘Winter Hexagon’. Back in my Planetarium Director days I often worked with groups of scouts on their Astronomy badges under the dome. One of the requirements was to learn 6 constellations. So if it was during the winter months I would show them this group of stars and by finding the six stars forming the shape they have also located six constellations: Taurus, Auriga, Gemini, Canis Minor, Canis Major, and Orion.
Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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