Practiced stargazers sometimes use three stars outlining the head of the constellation Aries the Ram to find an elusive galaxy – M74 – also known as the Phantom galaxy.
Posts by Bruce McClure
With the moon waxing to full, you’re not likely to glimpse Uranus with the unaided eye. An idea of its location, and links to detailed charts, in this post.
Venus is the brightest starlike object visible after sunset. Mars is higher up and closer to the moon on January 23, 2015.
Use the waxing crescent moon to find Mars and Venus as darkness falls on January 22, and then watch Venus gain ground on Mars until their rendezvous on February 21, 2015.
Waxing crescent moon with dazzling planet Venus after sunset. You might see Mercury, too. And, in the next few days, watch the moon sweep past Mars.
Elnath is the second-brightest star in Taurus the Bull. It’s the closest bright star to the galactic anticenter – the point in space that lies directly opposite of the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
The first supermoon of 2015 comes on January 20. It’s not a full moon. It’s a new supermoon, between the Earth and sun. So you won’t see it, but those along coasts might experience higher-than-usual tides in the coming day or two.
Ready? Start by looking westward for the four stars of the Great Square.
If you’re up before dawn Friday morning, watch for the moon and planet Saturn shining by the Crown of the Scorpion in the constellation Scorpius. Bright Antares is also nearby.
Have you seen Mercury, the sun’s innermost planet? If not – or even if you have – try this week, as dusk gives way to darkness. The dazzling planet Venus will be your guide.