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Best Night Sky Events of January 2014: Stargazing Sky Maps (Gallery)

The Moon close to Venus, January 2014

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Tuesday, Jan. 28, sunrise. The slender crescent Moon will be just to the right of Venus.

The Moon Close to Venus, January 2014

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Wednesday, Jan. 29, sunrise. On Wednesday morning, the Moon will be even closer to Venus, just below it and to the left, but the Moon will be only one day away from New so may be difficult to see.

Mercury at Greatest Elongation East, January 2014

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Friday, Jan. 31, sunset. Mercury will be well placed for observation just after sunset for observers in the northern hemisphere. The 1-day-old Moon will be nearby.

Mercury, January 2014

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Mercury is well placed in the evening sky for observers in the northern hemisphere for the last week of January.

Venus, January 2014

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Venus passes just above the Sun on January 11. It may be glimpsed in the western sky just after sunset at the beginning of the month and in the eastern sky just before sunrise at the end of the month.

Mars, January 2014

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Mars is continues to brighten in Virgo in the morning sky.

Jupiter, January 2014

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Jupiter is in opposition on January 5 and shines brightly all night all month. The Great Red Spot is easier to see than in many recent years, showing a distinct orange color.

Saturn, January 2014

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Saturn is low in the eastern sky just before sunrise, in the constellation Libra.

Uranus, January 2014

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Uranus is visible all evening, setting around 11 p.m. It is in Pisces all month long.

Neptune, January 2014

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Neptune, in Aquarius, is visible in the early evening and sets around 8 p.m.

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