The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 28, 2013

Look east to see Jupiter

By Bob Killam
Enid News and Eagle

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.