On this beautiful night, he Moon will be 3 days old in its lunar phase and will be a cosmic delight appearing right next to amazing Saturn. 

The pair will be visible after sunset and before the Moon sets at 9:42pm. Both are in the constellation Aquarius.

Although the pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, they will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

Use the Stellarium image above as a guide. To find out more about what to see in the night sky, grab a copy of the latest Astronomy Australia almanac at Stargazers Club WA.

When to look: After sunset, 14 January

Which direction to look: West

Something Interesting:

Saturn’s rings are enormous — great rings of dust, ice, and rock stretching almost 300,000km from the gas giant — but they’re also surprisingly thin in places. Because of a quirk of how the rings orbit Saturn’s equator, on a tilt with the planet, every few years the rings appear to disappear because from our viewpoint on Earth we’re seeing them edge-on. Then, slowly but surely, over a course of months they come back into view again. 

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There’s always something interesting happening in the night sky and country WA is the best place to catch all the action!