5 Sky Events This Week: Green Giant, Lunar Triangle and Jovian Shadows
A planetary pairing and moon dances take center stage in the heavens this week.
Neptune meets Mars this week for stargazers, while Jupiter's retinue plays shadow games.
Telescopes trained on the red planet will reveal the very faint and tiny aquamarine disk of Neptune only 0.2 degrees north. The distant ice giant present quite a color contrast with ruddy Mars.
Joining it in a stunning triangular formation, and particularly eye-catching through binoculars, are the two innermost planets in our solar system, Mercury and Venus.
The waxing moon acts as a wonderfully convenient guide to spotting these two worlds.
And wait just one more day, on Friday, January 23, when the moon will continue its journey across the sky, climbing higher to form a straight line connection with Mars and Venus. The dawn star will hang below its two