Have tea with Mars and Jupiter

go! - - Upfront In Brief - – Wil­lie Koorts

R egu­lar read­ers of this col­umn will know that five plan­ets were vis­i­ble to the naked eye in Oc­to­ber 2018, be­fore Venus and Jupiter dis­ap­peared into the glow of the sun. If you were won­der­ing what had hap­pened to those two plan­ets, you should get up early in Jan­uary – at least one hour be­fore sun­rise – to catch up. Look east: There will be two ra­di­ant “stars” near the hori­zon. The bright­est is Venus, which has been do­ing duty as the morn­ing star since Novem­ber – it’s hard to miss. But here’s the spe­cial part: About 8° above Venus, you’ll also be able to see Jupiter in the early morn­ing. On 31 Jan­uary, a sickle moon will join this pretty group­ing. You might even be able to take a photo with your cell­phone – just make sure to keep the phone still. To com­plete the pic­ture, the Scor­pio con­stel­la­tion with its curled tail will be right above the tri­an­gle formed by the moon, Venus and Jupiter, with the Sagit­tar­ius Teapot to the right. If you look closely, you’ll also be able to see Saturn – yel­low­ish in colour – un­der the “han­dle” of the teapot.

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