Saturn Gets Pinched!

   This morning as I was walking with Tyler and trying to neither step on him or miss a step and stumble, it was because I was looking at the sky more than the sidewalk. The sky was unusually clear and made for good seeing, maybe stars as dim as 3rd or 4th magnitude. Seriously, that is good where I live with the lights from the Kansas City metropolitan area lighting up the sky over my west to north horizon.
   Jupiter was very bright over the western horizon, the ‘twins’ stars Pollux and Castor were side by side off to the right, west, from Jupiter. On the east or left side from Jupiter is the heart of the Lion, Regulus.
30-31jan-southeast   But as I walked toward the west I kept glancing toward my left, south, to see the stars of Scorpius the Scorpion as they were rising. The Scorpion’s pincers and reddish Antares were easy to see, and it looked like the scorpion was grabbing Saturn in its pincers.

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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