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Dawn Moon Sneaks Between Jupiter And Venus, And Baby It’s Cold!

30 Jan 2019, 15:59 UTC
Dawn Moon Sneaks Between Jupiter And Venus, And Baby It’s Cold!
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This should really be a pretty lineup tomorrow morning (Jan. 31) at dawn. And hey, look who’s bringing up the rear — returning Saturn! The ringed planet shines between 5-10° high depending on your latitude an hour-and-a-quarter before sunrise two fists to the lower left of Venus. It will get easier to spot over the next couple weeks as it climbs up from the horizon. Stellarium
Maybe you caught the moon the past few mornings still bright in the southern sky at sunrise. Maybe you even noticed it was approaching Jupiter and Venus. If you haven’t ,you’re in luck — the best is yet to come. All three objects will line up in a row 8° long tomorrow at dawn. Most striking will be the crescent and Venus, separated by just 1.5°. The further west you live the closer they’ll be. From San Francisco, only three-quarters of a degree stands between them, while from Anchorage, Alaska, the delicate crescent will hang just one full moon diameter (0.5°) below Venus.
I can’t resist a couple cold-weather-related photos since so much of the U.S. is experiencing bitter cold at the moment. You can almost feel that cold in this natural-color image, taken ...

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