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Australian Geographic - - The List - with Glenn Dawes

Naked eye

Fol­low Venus in the dawn sky. This bril­liant planet is close to the sec­ond bright­est, Jupiter, on 23 Jan­uary. On 1 Fe­bru­ary, Venus makes an im­pres­sive sight ad­ja­cent to a cres­cent Moon. The ‘god­dess of love’ then greets Sat­urn on 19 Fe­bru­ary.


The con­stel­la­tion of Orion in the north­ern evening sky presents an ex­cel­lent binoc­u­lar op­por­tu­nity. It con­sists of the three belt stars and, di­rectly above, three fainter stars also in a row. The top one is dis­tinctly fuzzy, be­ing the im­pres­sive Orion Neb­ula.

Small tele­scope

Af­ter its close ap­proaches to the Sun and Earth in De­cem­ber, Comet Wir­ta­nen ap­pears over the north­ern Aus­tralian hori­zon, mov­ing through the Lynx and

Ursa Ma­jor con­stel­la­tions. It’s fad­ing, but will be vis­i­ble in Fe­bru­ary: look north about mid­night.

Glenn Dawes is a co-au­thor of the year­book As­tron­omy 2019 Aus­tralia(Quasar Pub­lish­ing).

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