Arkansas SkyDome Planetarium
Arkansas SkyDome PlanetariumFriday, January 15th, 2021 at 5:02pm
This weekend look for the return of the crescent moon to the evening sky.

The planet Mercury also begins rising away from the glow of sunset to begin one of its best evening appearances of the year. Use the moon as a guide to help you find the elusive inner planet.

Lastly, the graphic shows Jupiter below Mercury, while under perfect conditions it might be possible to see (clear skies, flat western horizon), it is realistically now lost in the glow of sunset.
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Arkansas SkyDome PlanetariumFriday, January 8th, 2021 at 11:56pm
A CHALLENGING CONJUNCTION
Saying Goodbye to Jupiter & Saturn and Hello to Mercury!

Over the next few nights look low, low to the WSW sky between 5:35pm - 5:45pm. Weather permitting you might be able to catch a conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn, which are stepping closer to the setting sun each night, and Mercury, which is stepping higher in the sky toward a nice evening appearance later in the month. On the night of the 10th they form a nice triangle.

There will be a few challenges to see this. You'll, of course, need clear weather. Next you'll need a flat WSW horizon. Finally you'll have a very short 15-20 minute time window between the time its dark enough to spot them and they set.

If the weather permits however, it is one last chance to see the gas giant planets before they move behind the sun and into the morning sky. Plus you can say hello to Mercury as it moves into the evening sky.
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NOTICE:
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic All SkyDome programs are temporarily on hold.  We look forward to the time when we can resume sharing the wonders of the night sky.

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