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This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 27 – February 5

This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 27 – February 5

Comet ZTF is at its best this week — but every night moonlight encroaches on the scene until a later and later hour. Along the way, the Moon occults Mars for the southern U.S. and again forms isosceles triangles with naked-eyestars.

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January: Goodbye, Saturn (Hello, Venus)

Sky Tour Podcast

For those well north of the equator, January’s long nights provide lots of time to enjoy the starry sky — and the stars of winter are spectacular! This month’s celestial highlights include a close pass of Saturn and Venus, a strong meteor shower, and much more. Our fun and factual Sky Tour podcast provides all the details.

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Become a Backyard Cosmic Explorer

Become a Backyard Cosmic Explorer

No matter how you look up at the sky — with a telescope, binos, or just your eyes — you're a cosmic explorer.

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Issue Highlights

  • The Allure of Wolf-Rayet Stars

    Greg Bryant

  • Winter Outreach

    Ted Forte

  • The Constellations of Petrus Plancius

    Ray Harris

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