Venus and Jupiter will kiss. Too bad it’s not on Valentines day!
Feb. 16 – Venus and Jupiter Get Together
Like two ships passing in the twilight, Venus and Jupiter come within about 0.5-degrees of each other this evening. Jupiter is heading toward the sun, while Venus is moving away from the sun. This would normally be a very striking sight, but unfortunately, this conjunction takes place with the two planets just 9 degrees east of the sun – probably too near to it to make a definite sighting. If you would still like to give it a try, then – immediately after sunset – concentrate on that part of the sky just above and to the left of where the sun has just set. Using binoculars sweep around this part of the sky; Venus (magnitude -3.8) will be sitting just below and to the left of Jupiter (magnitude -2.0).
Happy New Year, the first meteor shower of 2010 ’ Quadrantids’ peaks January 3-4
Quadrantid will peak the night of January 3-4. The point from where the Quadrantid meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Bootes (look towards North). Quadrantids have blue fast traces that could be seen mainly during the nights of January 1 through January 5.
Best viewing window is early morning of January 4, between 2 AM and until dawn. The Quadrantids have a narrow peak window limited to an hour where an average of 40 meteors per hour.
The nights before and after the peak will have similar, or close, number of visible meteors. You need to find a clear spot, away as possible from light pollution, and hope for a clear sky.
Quadrantids Meteor Shower is visible in northern hemisphere only.
Get your ‘10 on!