Welcome to the third monthly guide to the night sky from the Virtual Astronomy Club. I hope you are finding these useful?
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As usual, there are three observing challenges for you to undertake during January:
From a planetary perspective, January is a quiet month. Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter have no visibility. At least Venus and Mars offer an improving picture, even if the red planet is too far away for us to see much.
The moon is most disruptive to evening astronomy in the first half of the month, but dark nights prevail from mid-month onwards. New moon is on the 24th of January, so the darkest nights of all fall in the two or three days either side of then.
We also have:
Have a fantastic time spying new sights at the start of this new decade and, until next month, Clear Skies!