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  • gumbietygress@juno.com
    Jan 26, 2012
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      For most of the world, the moon and the blazing planet Venus will be closest together for the month this evening, on Thursday, January 26, 2012. It’ll be hard to miss this brilliant couple in the southwest or western sky at dusk and early evening. The moon and Venus rank as the second- and third-brightest celestial objects, respectively, after the sun. They’ll set in the west at early to mid evening
      Venus isn’t the only brilliant planet to bedeck the evening sky. The giant planet Jupiter, the fourth-brightest heavenly body after Venus, lights up the nighttime until late night or after midnight. From northerly latitudes, Jupiter appears in the southern sky at dusk or nightfall. From the northern tropics, Jupiter shines high overhead, and as seen from the Southern Hemisphere, Jupiter appears in the north or northwest sky as darkness falls.
      All these evening worlds – the waxing crescent moon, Venus and Jupiter – are super easy to see. After all, the moon ranks as the brightest orb of nighttime, followed by Venus and then by Jupiter.
      Before going to bed tonight, look also for the red planet Mars over the eastern horizon. It’ll rise around 9 to 10 o’clock this evening, and it’ll look like a bright ruddy star. Or if you’re a night owl, you’ll catch the planet Saturn following Mars into the sky around midnight to 1:00 a.m. Shortly after Jupiter sets in the west, look for Saturn to rise opposite of Jupiter in the east.
      Bottom line: The very bright “star” near the waxing crescent moon on the evening of January 26, 2012 is the planet Venus. The planet Jupiter – not quite as bright as Venus, but nearly so – is nearby. Look soon after sunset!
      BarbJ = yes, Venus is very bright tonight = Tygress

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      From: Shawn Olsen <shawnolsen@...>
      To: "CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com" <CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Amateur astronomers needed
      Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:40:10 -0600

      Uranus is not visible with the naked eye! 


      On Jan 26, 2012, at 8:26 PM, Nathaniel D <grn.beret.2b@...> wrote:


      Looks like both Uranus and Venus are close to the moon tonight, with Jupiter just above them.  (at least, that's what my iPhone app says!)


      On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM, softscienceofficer <edgeanderson@...> wrote:

      Hi everyone,

      There is an incredibly bright celestial object to the left of the moon tonight. It seems too bright for Jupiter or Venus. Is it either of those or the ISS?





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