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Observing – Sky & Telescope
  1. If you own an 8-inch or larger telescope you might see more than a dozen new and returning comets this year, including one potential naked-eye candidate.

    The post Comet Watch 2021 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. Bright Capella high overhead, and equally bright Rigel in Orion's foot, have almost the same right ascension. This means they cross your sky’s meridian at almost exactly the same time. So whenever Capella passes the zenith, Rigel marks true south, and vice versa. That happens around 9 or 10 p.m. now.

    The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 15 – 23 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3. The recent total solar eclipse visible from Chile and Argentina had some surprises: Photos revealed a total solar eclipse and comets not seen by eye.

    The post Solar Eruption During the Great Patagonian Eclipse appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. Twilight challenge: the planet-conjunction finale! Jupiter and Saturn are becoming ever harder to pick up low in bright twilight, but bring those binoculars on Saturday Jan. 9th. Because then they'll be three! Mercury is emerging to join them. It will pass by them for a couple more days.

    The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, January 8 – 16 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. We explore deep-sky riches within a stone's throw of Capella, one of the season's brightest stars.

    The post Foraging for Deep-sky Delights with Capella, the Goat Star appeared first on Sky & Telescope.