ENID, Okla. —
Phases of the moon for Jan. are:
• Jan. 1: New moon.
• Jan. 8: First quarter.
• Jan. 16: Full moon (Moon After Yule, Old Moon).
• Jan. 24: Last quarter.
Try going outside and look east this month. You will see a bright object during the evening hours — the planet Jupiter.
If you have a pair of binoculars or a small telescope, you should see the four Galilean moons, and if you look several nights you will see their positions change because of their movement in their orbits.
Northern Oklahoma College Mackie Planetarium is open to the public at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month.
Admission is free, but a donation of a canned good or nonperishable food item for Horn of Plenty is appreciated.
The program Thursday is “Astronomy: 3,000 Years of Star Gazing,” about the history of astronomy.
We also will study some of the constellations in the winter night sky over Enid.
The observatory will re-open to the public at 6 p.m. Jan. 16, weather permitting.
Large groups of 15 or more planning to visit the observatory or planetarium should call 548-2399 to schedule an appointment.
Killam is resident astronomer and astronomical league coordinator for Leonardo’s Star Quest Astronomy Club and director of the NOC observatory.