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USPS Star Calendar for 23 to 29 January 16 January 2011

Posted by amedalen in January 2011.
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23 Jan    Late tonight, the moon rises an hour before magnitude 0.7 Saturn and is soon followed by magnitude 1.2 Spica. Before dawn tomorrow, they form a triangle high in the south.

24 Jan    Saturn rises a few minutes before the waning gibbous moon late tonight. Tomorrow morning, Spica is less than 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left, and Saturn is 1 fist-width to its upper right. About three-fourths of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

26 Jan    Low in the south at dawn, Saturn is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s upper right and Venus is 4 fist-widths to its lower left. Last-quarter moon at 1257 UT

27 Jan    In the south before dawn, Saturn is 3 fist-widths to the moon’s upper right and Venus is the same distance to the lower left.

28 Jan    Low in the southwest before dawn, the moon is in the head of the Scorpion, Scorpius. Magnitude 1.1 Antares is 2 finger-widths to the lower left, and brilliant magnitude -4.3 Venus is 2 fist-widths to the lower left. About one-third of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

29 Jan    The moon and Venus rise 4 hours before the sun and should be visible even after first light. Less than one-fourth of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

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