The Old Moon occults Pre-dawn Planets, and Missing Moonlight Enhances the Ice Giants and Orion’s Spectacular Sword!

(Above: Rick Foster of Markham, Ontario captured this single frame image of Orion’s sword on through a Celetron C11 Edge telescope equipped with a Hyperstar Lens and DSLR camera on January 7, 2019. The Great Orion Nebula with its central Trapezium Cluster of stars is in the middle. The blueish Running Man Nebula is at top left and the bright stars at the bottom are dominated by Nair al Saif. This photo spans about 1.5 finger widths — top to bottom.)
(Above: This week, Mars continues to sit in the southwestern evening sky, between the distant, dim planets Uranus in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius.)
(Above: Orion’s spectacular sword hangs vertically below his famous 3-starred belt.)

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