The Waxing Gibbous Moon rose in the eastern skies tonight, charting a path that will carry it west. Tomorrow it'll be just across the constellation border into dim Aquarius. Jupiter is just 10 degrees from the Sun in the sky, so it is difficult to see. It’s the 3rd brightest object in the sky, after the sun and the moon. Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! Follow Starry Night on Twitter @StarryNightEdu and Chris at @Astrogeoguy. Editor's note: If you have an amazing skywatching photo you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, you can send images and comments in to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the southwestern sky on Monday, January 4, the waning gibbous moon will pass near the main belt asteroid designated (4) Vesta. Tonight, magnitude 6.65 Vesta can be found sitting several finger widths to the right (or 4.25 degrees to the celestial south) of the bright star Denebola, the lion's tail. There was a problem. Degrees (measuring the sky): The sky is 360 degrees all the way around, which means roughly 180 degrees from horizon to horizon. It's easy to measure distances between objects: Your fist on an outstretched arm covers about 10 degrees of sky, while a finger covers about one degree. The full moon is minus 12.7 and the sun is minus 26.8. Despite its deceptive look, the bright light is not a star but the Red Planet Mars. All three objects will fit within the field of view of binoculars (red circle). It's a surprise addition to the December lineup. The bright moon is nearly 16 days past its new phase and 98% illuminated. A Halloween Blue Moon. They are all “first magnitude” stars. The star will re-appear from behind the upper, dark edge of the moon at 11:20 p.m. EST. Just a couple of days before we are visited by a rare blue moon on Halloween night, two of our closest celestial neighbors will appear side by side in the night sky.. Saturday, January 2—Earth at Perihelion (at 14:00 GMT) On Sunday, January 5, the Earth will reach … The loop will continue through its April 4 opposition, and into late April. NY 10036. Vesta will cross the southern sky during the bulk of the night. In the west-southwestern sky on the evening of Saturday, January 23, Mercury (orbit shown in red) will reach its widest separation, 19 degrees east of the Sun. Venus is visible by day, but may be hard to find. Jupiter will disappear by month end – and then reach solar conjunction on January 29. The … Please refresh the page and try again. Future US, Inc. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, The second largest planet, Saturn, will … About 3½ hours later, Earth will occupy that same location in space. Permalink Notice: Night Sky for San Diego, USA. One-tenth as bright Saturn will sit only 2 degrees below (or to the celestial west) of Jupiter all month long. Astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted: “Venus and the Moon, beautiful, timeless perspective this morning.” On January 5, Mars' eastward motion will carry it from Pisces to western Aries, which it will traverse for the rest of the month. At the same time the Moon became visible, a bright star appeared just up and to the left of the Moon. During the night the moon's orbital motion (green line) will draw the moon farther from the cluster, and the diurnal rotation of the sky will lift the moon higher compared to the cluster. Adjust to the dark: If you wish to observe faint objects, such as meteors or dim stars, give your eyes at least 15 minutes to adjust to the darkness. On Monday evening, November 23, the pole-to-pole terminator boundary that divides the lit and dark hemispheres of the waxing gibbous moon, will fall just to the left (or lunar west) of Rupes Recta, also known as the Lunar Straight Wall. At first quarter, the moon always rises around noon and sets around midnight, so it is also visible in the afternoon daytime sky. Use it to locate a planet, the Moon, or the Sun and track their movements across the sky. After Thursday, the planet will begin to move eastward again. Use it to locate a planet, the Moon, or the Sun and track their movements across the sky. The bright star next to the moon in a picture taken in New York Credit: Alamy Live News What is the star by the moon? A small bright white light was to the right of the moon in the cold night sky on Tuesday and Thursday nights. On Saturday, January 23, the large main belt asteroid designated (4) Vesta will begin a westward retrograde loop (red path with dates) through the stars of Leo.