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Saturday, January 23, 2016


Southern Skywatch January, 2016 edition is now out!

The line-up of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury as seen from Adelaide on the morning of 28 January at 5:00 am. (click to embiggen)

The January edition of Southern Skywatch is finally up (sorry, holidays got the better of me).  This month features still more nice planetary action. Unfortunately, as with December, it is in the early morning with Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter forming a line in the morning sky and the crescent Moon joining them. Mercury joins the line-up in late January.

Jupiter enters the evening sky and has close encounters with the Moon.

Mars is visible in the early morning sky and has close encounters with the crescent Moon.

Saturn has close encounters with the crescent Moon and Venus..

Venus is prominent in the morning twilight and is close to the crescent Moon on the 7th. It comes close to Saturn on the 9th.

Mercury returns to the morning sky late in the month. This means that all five bright, classical planets are visible together in the morning for the first time since January 2005.


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