THE PLAN­ETS

Sky at Night Magazine - - EXPERT INTERVIEW -

The early evening sky be­longs to the dis­tant faint plan­ets, Nep­tune and Uranus. The first bright plan­e­tary ar­rival is Jupiter, with this gas gi­ant ris­ing around 22:00 EST mid-month near the tail of Leo. Mars is vis­i­ble in the early hours, a few de­grees from mag. +1.4 Spica (Al­pha (_) Leo­nis) at the start of Jan­uary. Saturn soon fol­lows. As dawn com­mences, bril­liant Venus is seen low in the east. Mer­cury rises quickly out of the Sun’s glare in the lat­ter half of the month, fin­ish­ing Jan­uary 7° below Venus.

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