#astronomy January: The Hyades & Pleiades – Sky & Telescope

January 1, 2021 - Comment

December was an incredible month for stargazing, culminating with a super-close pairing of Jupiter and Saturn. As January opens, you may nonetheless see these planets nestled collectively, very low within the southwest. Begin searching for them 30 to 45 minutes after sundown. Jupiter is the brighter one, and dimmer Saturn is to its decrease proper.


December was an incredible month for stargazing, culminating with a super-close pairing of Jupiter and Saturn. As January opens, you may nonetheless see these planets nestled collectively, very low within the southwest. Begin searching for them 30 to 45 minutes after sundown. Jupiter is the brighter one, and dimmer Saturn is to its decrease proper. They continue to be inside 2° of one another till the eighth.

Jupiter-Saturn-Mercury on Jan 9thJupiter and Saturn sink from view this month, however shortly after sundown on January ninth they’re going to be joined by up-and-coming Mercury.
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Earlier than they sink too low into night twilight, on January ninth Jupiter and Saturn will probably be joined by fast-moving Mercury. By mid-month Mercury units about 1½ hours after sundown. That places it excessive sufficient to be noticed fairly simply within the darkening twilight.

Venus can also be making its final stand this month, however to see it you’ll have to be up earlier than daybreak, wanting low within the southeast. Throughout January this sensible planet will pair superbly joined by a skinny crescent Moon. And what date will that be? Take heed to this month’s Sky Tour to seek out out!

Our stargazing podcast additionally highlights the distinctive constellation of Orion, the Hunter, who appears to be leaping up from the japanese horizon this time of 12 months. stretching to Orion’s proper, towards west, is the realm of two giant however dim constellations: Eridanus and Cetus.

In the meantime, to Orion’s higher proper is Taurus, the Bull, house to 2 of the sky’s most spectacular open star clusters: the Hyades and the Pleiades. Do you know that in Greek mythology they’re two units of sisters with the identical father however (perhaps) completely different moms?

Be taught extra about these fairly star clusters — and different highlights seen overhead — in January’s Sky Tour podcast.



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