Last month Jupiter and Saturn provided a Great Conjunction to evening viewers. Jupiter and Saturn are still nearby, joined by Mercury in mid-January for a Circle of Planets (2.3-degree Circle peaks Sun., Jan. 10, 7:00 a.m. EST / 12:00 UTC, but only visible just after local sunset). Mercury, always near the Sun and setting shortly after local sunset, can only be seen shortly after sunset in the west-southwest sky. This Circle of Planets will set around 6:00 p.m. local time. So, try to find it as soon as it gets dark.
Later in the month, around January 21, also in the southwestern sky shortly after sunset can be seen the waxing gibbous Moon sliding past a conjunction of Mars and Uranus. Uranus is very dim; binoculars or a telescope may be necessary.
Remember, all celestial observations are weather-permitting.
More information: Link >>> https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury
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Astronomical Calendar for 2021 January ---
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