THE STARS THIS WEEK

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Chart time 7 p.m.

Sun­day

Sir­ius, the bright­est star in the heav­ens, marks the tip of the nose of Ca­nis Ma­jor the Big Dog, which can eas­ily be found ris­ing in the south­east dur­ing mide­vening.

Mon­day

New te­le­scope users may want to try view­ing land ob­jects in the day­time first to prac­tice set­ting up your in­stru­ment and find­ing ob­jects in your viewfinder.

Tues­day

The moon slips above and to the right of blaz­ing blue-white Venus in the pre-dawn skies. A te­le­scope will re­veal the fea­ture­less phase shape of the planet.

Wed­nes­day

This morn­ing the moon shines above, and to the right, of bright yel­low Jupiter. The planet’s four largest moons and col­or­ful bands can be seen in small tele­scopes.

Thurs­day

The Quad­ran­tid me­teor shower reaches it peak in­ten­sity over the next two days. Look­ing to­wards the con­stel­la­tion of Bootes in the north­east later in the evening, up to 50 me­te­ors an hour may be seen. As usual the great­est num­bers will be spot­ted by view­ing away from city lights.

Week­end

Be­low and to the right of Jupiter sparkles pink-red Mer­cury. A mod­er­ate-size in­stru­ment is needed to see thee small fea­ture­less-phase shape of the planet.

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