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Jan 4th: Awesome Astronomy’s January Sky Guide


Podcaster: Ralph, Paul & Jenny

Title : Awesome Astronomy’s January Sky Guide

Organization: Awesome Astronomy

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Description:  What to look out, and up, for in January.

Our highlights of this month’s skies with the planets on offer to observers and imagers:

  • Venus at greatest eastern elongation
  • Mars a few degrees from Venus
  • Jupiter in Virgo
  • Saturn & Mercury in the morning sky

Next up is the other solar system wonders of note in January:

  • The Quadrantids meteor shower peaking on 3-4th January with a ZHR of around 40
  • The largest asteroid, Vesta, at opposition passing through Cancer into Gemini

Then we each take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:

  • Jen – M33, spiral galaxy in the constellation Triangulum
  • Paul – NGC 2903, barred spiral galaxy in Leo
  • Ralph – Messier 35, open cluster in Gemini

And we finish this sky guide with January’s moon phases.

 Bio: Awesome Astronomy is the show for anyone and everyone who has even the slightest interest in astronomy and science.

Join Ralph, Paul & Jeni for informative and fun astronomy programs telling you what to look out (and up) for every month as well as a main show dedicated to space and astronomy news. You can be guaranteed a passion for astronomy, simple explanations of complex and fundamental topics, space and science discussions, absorbing interviews with astronomers and astronauts who make the news and answers to listeners’ space questions.

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