Jupiter, Moon, Orion, and Sirius Tonight, January 13, 2014


Jupiter is the only bright planet visible in the evening sky tonight with Venus moving into the morning sky.  Jupiter is in front of the stars of Gemini with Castor and Pollux, the twin stars nearby.  The waxing gibbous moon is overexposed in the image.


Orion, with its bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel, appears to the lower right of the moon which is just outside the upper left corner of this image.  (Click the images to see them larger.)  Even in the bright moonlight, the Orion Nebula, a star forming region, appears in the image.  The Dog Star Sirius appears lower in the sky, below Orion.

Read more about the planets this month.

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