This montage of images taken by the Voyager spacecraft of the planets and four of Jupiter's moons is set against a false-color Rosette Nebula with Earth's moon in the foreground. Image courtesy of NASA
2012 Night Sky Events
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The sun is currently in Capricorn.
New Moon - January 23
First Quarter - January 31
Full Moon - February 7
Last Quarter - February 14
Planets (Positions current as of February 3, 2012)
Mercury - Too close to the Sun to be seen.
Venus - Visible in the west for about 2 hours after sunset.
Earth - Look Down!
Mars - Rises about 9PM in the east in Leo.
Jupiter - In the sout after sunset in the constellation Aries
Saturn - Rising at about midnight in Virgo.
Uranus - Uranus is visible only with binoculars or a telescope. It's currently slightly east of Venus. (refer to star charts or planetarium software for location).
Neptune - Neptune is visible only with the aid of a telescope (refer to star charts or planetarium software for location).
Pluto and Charon - Pluto is visible only with a telescope (refer to star charts or planetarium software).