In addition to meteor showers, there is another special feature of the January night sky: all the planets can be admired, they even form a “pearl necklace”.
Many celestial phenomena such as meteor showers recur annually. There’s also a meteor every year in January – the “Quadrantids” have provided breathtaking meteors until January 12, 2022. But the star shower isn’t the only sight in the sky in January. There is another special feature: in January, all the planets in our solar system are visible – of course only if the weather conditions are right.
again Bavarian Radio Reportedly, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter can be thought of as a “string of pearls” at dusk in January. Neptune and Uranus can be seen early at night. Towards the end of the night Mars and Venus appear in the night sky, completing the planets of our solar system – that is, down to Earth.
Astronomy: “Pearls” in the night sky – all the planets appear in January
the Mercury According to the Wolfsburg Planetarium, it can be enjoyed in the southwest at dusk until mid-January. In fact, the planet then disappears from the night sky for a long time and can only be seen again in October.
Jupiter and Saturn can also be seen in the January sky. Saturn in early January, shortly after sunset in a southwesterly direction. also Saturn It will disappear from the night sky by the end of the month. Jupiter It can still be seen until mid-February – also in a southwesterly direction. However, the two return to the night sky earlier than Mercury: According to the Wolfsburg Planetarium, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen again in the night sky from the end of April – but then in the early morning hours and no longer at dusk.
All the planets appear in January: a “string of pearls” in the night sky
After Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter appear as a “string of pearls” in the night sky at dusk, Neptune and Uranus appear. Neptune He stands in the constellation Aquarius in January, but can only be seen faintly and says goodbye to the evening sky in mid-February. The best view of Uranus According to the Wolfsburg Planetarium, there is January, even if “the entire quarter can be seen in the first half of the night.” In January, it is located in the constellation Aries and can even be admired with the naked eye.
Near the end of the night, Mars and Venus appear in the night sky. the Mars It can be seen in the morning sky, but not for long because of the sunrise. It is not visible in February and March, but Mars appears again in May and can also be seen again in the early morning sky. It becomes more and more known in the public’s voice.
Venus also appears in the morning sky in January, as from the middle of the month Venus can be seen as the “morning star” in a southeasterly direction before sunrise, according to the Wolfsburg Planetarium. Venus becomes more visible as the first quarter progresses. By the way, there is another special feature of January: not only all the planets are visible, but also almost all the constellations.
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