Venus Rings in a New Year

   A couple of days ago I posted about the close Venus and Saturn conjunction this weekend. The two planets as well as Mars and Jupiter are all above the east to southwest horizon as this graphic shows. Venus, moving at more than 1.5o each day very quickly catches up with and passes Saturn, which moves at about 0.3o each day. On Saturday morning January 9th look for Venus and Saturn to be about as far apart as the diameter of the full Moon. From my longitude and time zone Venus and Saturn will appear as close as about 22′ (arcminutes) apart. For comparison a full Moon is about 31′ in diameter.

   The two make a striking pair through binoculars or the eyepiece of a telescope.


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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