Friday night January 29th the 17-day outdated waning gibbous Moon can be about 4-5o from the star Regulus. This star is called the ‘Coronary heart’ of the constellation Leo the Lion.
Mars is seen additional west over the southwest horizon and is just a few levels from the planet Uranus. Each are close to the 3-star sample for the constellation Aries the Ram and its brightest star Hamal with a 2.Zero obvious magnitude. The 2 planets have a pointy distinction in relative obvious magnitude with Hamal and with one another – Mars at 0.40 and Uranus at a 5.80 obvious magnitude. Each planets will match throughout the area of view of binoculars with Mars showing as a small reddish ‘dot’ and Uranus, if seen in any respect, a a lot fainter bluish-green and smaller ‘dot’.
Earlier within the night, after sundown, look towards the western horizon for the innermost planet Mercury. With an obvious magnitude of 0.45 Mercury is barely dimmer than Mars and needs to be straightforward to identify as it will likely be the brightest star-like object in that path.
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