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* * * SKY & TELESCOPE's SKYWATCHER'S BULLETIN - January 24, 2006 * * *

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This week (on January 27th to be exact) Saturn reaches opposition, when
it's directly on the opposite side of our sky from the Sun. This means it
rises around sunset, is highest in the south around midnight, and sets
around sunrise. This is also when it's closest to Earth and appears
largest in a telescope -- though Saturn is so far away that being near
opposition really makes little difference in its apparent size.

The planet is now high up in excellent view in the eastern sky by
midevening. There's more to Saturn and its rings than first meets the eye;
see our Observing Guide to Saturn:

See also our interactive map-making utility for identifying all of
Saturn's moons that are visible in your telescope:



For observers in Europe, Africa, and Asia, an 8.2-magnitude star (SAO
98054) will be occulted by (passes behind) Saturn's ring system starting
at about 18:45 Universal Time January 25th. The star reappears out from
behind the planet itself around 20:55 UT.



After passing inferior conjunction on January 13-14, Venus is now coming
back into view very low in the east-southeast during dawn. A small
telescope will show that Venus is a thin crescent -- just like the waning
Moon low in the southeast on the mornings of the 25th, 26th, and 27th. See
the scene around these dates:



Do you have a toe in amateur astronomy, but are not quite sure how to wade
in deeper? See our guideposts marking the path to success:



Mars and Saturn both shine in the evening sky, though Mars is getting
tiny. The evening is moonless this week for deep-sky observing; the Moon
is new on the 29th. Bright Jupiter shines in the southeast to south in
early dawn, an excellent time for telescopic planet viewing. See This
Week's Sky at a Glance:



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RASC Observer's Handbook 2006
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