If you’ve never spotted an asteroid, now would be a good time to try. Vesta’s 2017 opposition is around now. Guy Ottewell provides charts and explains more.
View larger. | Vesta on January 17, 2017 via Guy Ottewell's blog. Used with permission.
Throughout 2017, Mars will appear as a faint and inconspicuous reddish star in our sky. But wait until 2018, when Mars will come closer to Earth than it has since 2003.
Artist's concept of Mars in opposition to the sun. At such times, Earth passes between the sun and Mars. Not to scale! Image via NASA.
On January 16, 1909, a team of Antarctic explorers thought they’d found the magnetic south pole. Then, a few years later, they began to have doubts.
Mawson, McKay and David on January 16, 1909.
No matter where you are on Earth on December, January and February evenings, you’re looking toward bright stars in our local spiral arm.
Icy moonlit trees and a lovely view of bright star constellations Orion and Taurus, and Pleiades star cluster, taken early in the morning on January 8, 2017 by Cynthia Haithcock in North Carolina.