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USPS Star Calendar for 19-25 January 12 January 2014

Posted by amedalen in January 2014.
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20 Jan    The waning gibbous moon rises more than four and a half hours after sunset. Nearly 90 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

21 Jan    The moon rises late this evening; Mars follows less than an hour later.

22 Jan    The moon rises around midnight, a few minutes after Mars, and Spica rises right after, less than ½ finger-width below the moon.

23 Jan    Just before dawn, look for Spica less than 1 finger-width to the moon’s right and Mars 3 finger-widths to the upper right. The moon passes within ¼ finger-width of Spica in the early morning.

24 Jan    Look south before first light to see the moon between Saturn, a little more than 1 fist-width to the left or lower left, and Mars, 1½ fist-widths to the upper right. Don’t confuse magnitude 0.4 Mars with noticeably dimmer magnitude 1.2 Spica  2 finger-widths to the lower left.

25 Jan    The moon passes within 0.5 degrees, ¼ finger-width, of Saturn just before dawn.

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