Astronomy with Dave Eicher this week

A bejeweled gas giant and our planet's natural satellite will combine in a spectacular evening display this week.

This week, the Moon will swing by first degree Saturn. Look to the southwest on the evening of Saturday, January 13, and you'll see a young crescent moon 8° west of Saturn. The following night, Sunday the 14th, the Moon will be 7° east of Saturn.


If you're using binoculars or your Celestron telescope, you'll have a short window of time for your best view of Saturn's rings—after the sky darkens, but before Saturn slips into the haze near the horizon. It will be set at 8:30 PM local time.

For more on what to watch on The Sky This Week, click here. Go here for the January edition of our Sky This Month, our monthly guide to the night sky.

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