In the Sky

Updated 1/23/2016

Venus: Our brightest of planets will appear after sundown.

Mars is present throughout the January sky.

Neptune, at magnitude 7.9 is very close to Mars on January 1st (0.5 degrees) and then on January 12 is a mere 0.4 degrees from Venus!

Asteroid Vesta: Glows at 6th magnitude in January and is at opposition January 17. It should be viewable as it travels from Cancer to Gemini.

Comets: The first six months of 2017 might see five comets at 7th magnitude. The first is 45P Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (say that even once fast) which will appear early January 10 degrees high in SW by 6:00pm. It will not be viewable due to sun in mid January but by the end of the month will start to rise high in to the sky. This is a 5.25 year periodic comet.

NEW HORIZONS is past Pluto. Follow the progress at

JUNO has entered orbit around Jupiter! Follow the NASA link below for updates on the mission:

“Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another.” Plato, Philosopher

Q: What do you call stormtroopers playing Monopoly?
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