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"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."
- Arthur C. Clarke

The Perseus Double Cluster (Rich Richins)

  
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Mercury

Mercury

Mercury is visible low in the eastern pre-dawn sky during much of January. During February, Mercury is lost in the Sun's glare.


Venus

Venus

Venus reaches maximum elongation on January 12th. It will remain high in the western sky at dusk throughout January and February.


Mars

Mars (D. Dockery)

Mars remains in the western sky in the evening throughout January and February. It moves from Aquarius into Pisces on January 19.

 
Sky Info for January/February, 2017

Sky Map for January, 2016

The image above shows the position of stars and constellations on February 1st at about 8:00 pm MST from Las Cruces, New Mexico.

 
Jupiter

Jupiter (D. Dockery)

Jupiter (in Virgo) rises in the east around midnight in January and as early as 9:15 pm in late February.


Saturn

Saturn (S. Smith)

Saturn (in Ophiuchus) breaks free of the Sun's glare in late January. The ringed giant rises an hour or two before first light.


Uranus/Neptune

Uranus and Neptune

Uranus (in Pisces) and Neptune (in Aquarius) are well placed for evening observing. Uranus is fairly high in the western sky at dark. Neptune is about four degrees west (below) of Venus.

  
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