Post by: David Dickinson
Hunting the elusive counter glow known as the gegenschein takes sharp eyes, dark skies, persistence and patience. This weekend provides an excellent chance to check this one off your astronomical life list, as the Moon heads toward New phase. Here are our tips on sighting the gegenschein, along with facts, history and more.
Watch Venus pass less than five arc minutes from Saturn on Saturday, January 9th in one of the closest conjunctions of two naked eye planets in 2016. The Moon will also pay the pair a visit this week, as comet US10 Catalina hovers near naked eye visibility in the dawn. It’s a great way to kick off astronomy in 2016!
Missions to Mars, Jupiter and asteroids are on tap in 2016. Back here on Earth, we may just see the first direct detection of gravitational waves, and some serious exoplanet and SETI hunts get underway… and could 2016 become the year of the heavy lift rocket? Here’s the big space stories we’re watching in 2016.