Best Night Sky Events of January 2018 (Stargazing Maps)

See what’s up in the night sky for December 2017, including stargazing events and the moon’s phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.

Shown here: On Monday, January 1, Mercury will reach its greatest angle west of the sun, when it will be visible low in the eastern sky for about an hour before sunrise. In a telescope the planet will exhibit a waxing gibbous phase. With Mercury well above a shallow morning ecliptic (green line), this apparition is a good one for northern hemisphere observers, but a poor one for observers in the southern hemisphere.

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