Welcome to this month's Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. We'll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch January 2015
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
Earth reaches perihelion, its annual point closest to the Sun, on the 4th.
All of the planets are visible as the year begins. The innermost duo—Mercury and Venus—has a lovely tight conjunction from the 7th to the 12th, standing 10 degrees high half an hour after sunset, in the southwest. Dim Mars hovers above them, in Aquarius.
Saturn appears before dawn, in the east, as it crosses Libra into Scorpius. It hovers next to the waning crescent Moon on the 16th.
The Moon forms a close triangle with Venus and Mercury on the 21st and meets Mars and Neptune the next night.
Brilliant Jupiter, in Leo, rises by 6:00 P.M. at month's end.
Sky Map January 2015
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