James Wooten

Mars Remains Brighter Than the Stars | February 2021 Sky Happenings
February 3, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Mars continues to fade a little bit each night now that Earth has overtaken it and is pulling away. However, it fades out gradually; Mars remains brighter than the stars around it in February 2021. And Mars is high in the southwest–well placed for observing right as night falls.  Jupiter and  Saturn emerge slowly from the Sun’s […]

Two Giants Return to the Sun’s Glare| January 2021 Sky Happenings
January 6, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Mercury makes a rare appearance in the southwest at dusk.  Pick a site with a clear southwestern horizon, and look right above the point of sunset. You can watch Mercury pass Saturn (on the 9th) and Jupiter (on the 10th and 11th) as it enters the evening sky.  It returns to the Sun’s glare by […]

Giant conjunction on the winter solstice
December 21, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

On December 21, 2020, the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn appear only one tenth of one degree apart in our sky. They have not appeared that close since July 10, 1623. Of course, Jupiter is not really next to Saturn.  Saturn is in fact about 4.3 astronomical units (AU)–about 400 million miles–behind Jupiter.  (One AU […]

Sky Events for December 2020
December 8, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Jupiter and  Saturn are in the southwest at dusk this month.  Look south-southwest in the early evening for the two planets which will be just over 2 degrees apart.  You’ll see Jupiter noticeably closer to Saturn each week.  By December 21, the two planets will be only six arcminutes (one tenth of one degree) apart in the sky.  […]

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