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At greatest elongation on January 12, 2017, Venus is as far from the sun as it will be for this evening apparition.
Full moon is January 12, 2017 at 11:34 UTC. Fullest moon for you on the night of January 11 if you’re in the Americas, and on January 12 if you’re in Asia. In between? Either night will do!
Why does a full moon tug our heartstrings? And why does the moon on this night look full, in contrast to other other nights and other phases of the moon?
Go outside, and look for the waxing gibbous moon tonight. Then notice the stars nearby. Tonight’s moon is within the Winter Circle stars.
The moon looks bright and nearly full. Full moon will happen on January 12, 2017 at 11:34 UTC. If you’re in the Americas, your fullest-looking moon will come on the night of January 11.
People in Asia will see Aldebaran pass behind the moon on this date. The rest of us will see Aldebaran in the moon’s glare. Plus … the story of Aldebaran when it was part of a double pole star.
Pleiades star cluster – and bright star Aldebaran – are both in Taurus the Bull. If you can’t see them near tonight’s moon, break out the binoculars!
Our sun moves around the center of the galaxy, toward the star Vega. Astronomers call this motion the apex of the sun’s way. One circuit – about 230 million years – is called a cosmic year.
Can Mars ever appear as large as the moon in Earth’s sky? Heck no.
It’s identifiable by Orion’s Belt, three medium-bright stars in a short, straight row at the mid-section of the Hunter.