The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter, will pass within one degree of the Moon from 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 21. The arrangement “will be spectacular” — at least for star gazers — and visible even with a pair of binoculars, promised Don Garland, Noble Planetarium director.
The next night Jupiter will align with the Moon and a star called Aldebaran to form a triangle.
A red giant that’s 65 light years from Earth, Aldebaran is the brightest star in the constellation of Taurus and one of the brightest in the sky, Garland said.
It’s one of more than 7,000 stars shown by the planetarium’s fiber optic dual-hemisphere projector in programs at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St. Night Sky Talks at 2 p.m. daily focus on stars and constellations visible in the evening sky, Garland said.
"We will definitely be talking about this Monday," he said. "If you're coming to the Stock Show, you might as well join us. Though you have to pay to come into the planetarium, the museum is open to all Stock Show guests."