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Articles from SkyWatch (January 1, 2009)

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2009 sky diary: every night the sky show has something interesting to offer. Want to know what's happening tonight? This is the place to find out. Hewitt-White, Ken; Seronik, Gary 868
April: Mercury mavens rejoice! April evenings are prime time for spotting the elusive planet. This month also provides some of the year's best chances to view Saturn's rings, which spend most of 2009 trying not to be seen. 1546
August: make way for Jupiter! This month the solar system's largest planet shines at opposition as the undisputed king of the night sky--at least until Venus rises. 1995
Calling backyard Galileos. Seronik, Gary 493
December: change is in the air as the year draws to a close. The king of planets, Jupiter, is slowly relinquishing his celestial throne to the fiery warrior planet, Mars. 2118
Exploring Galileo's moon by: Earth's nearest neighbor is the ideal target for first telescopes. Seronik, Gary 818
February: braving winter's chill will reward you with views of the brightest planet and the biggest asteroid. You'll also see the year's most spectacular array of constellations. 1767
Highlights at a glance 2009. Calendar 279
January: the year begins with a bang--Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter shine in the early evening sky, while Saturn rises later on. 1968
July: summer has arrived at last and now is the time to dust off your telescope and venture outside. The nights may be short, but they're also warm and often clear. 2057
June: all five naked-eye planets are plainly visible this month. Add the crescent Moon and you get all kinds of attractive configurations--especially in the morning twilight. 1541
March: the month opens with Venus blazing in the western twilight until it slips away, leaving ringed Saturn as the sole bright planet visible at nightfall. 1780
May: catch little Mercury or ringed Saturn before bedtime and rise early for brilliant Venus and giant Jupiter at dawn. But if you want Mars, you're better off waiting awhile! 1615
North America and beyond. Seronik, Gary Brief article 170
November: November's cool nights offer lots of telescopic sights--especially if you like planets. Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn are the headliners this month. 1703
October: four planets await early birds at dawn. But if you're a night owl instead, you can enjoy the king of the evening sky, Jupiter. 1466
September: when it comes to planets, size matters--at least size in your telescope's eyepiece. This month you can catch Jupiter (big), Saturn (medium), Venus (small), Mercury and Mars (really small), and even Uranus and Neptune (ridiculously tiny). 1753

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