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Re: When can you see Pisces (constellation) in January 2002?

Date: Wed Jan 30 18:42:02 2002
Posted By: Kisha Delain, Staff, Chandra Mission Planning, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 1010266529.As

At the beginning of January, Pisces rises around 11:00 AM, and sets around 
10:45 PM.  At the end of January, Pisces rises around 10:00 AM and sets 
around 10:30 PM.  This means that a large part of the time that it is up, 
you can't see it since it's daylight.

However, you should be able to find Pisces rather easily after sunset, as 
Mars is right in the middle of the constellation this year.  Look to the 
Southwest for the Red Planet - it is pretty bright - and as the stars come 
out around it you may be able to see Pisces.  It should be about 40 degrees 
above the horizon.  Most of the stars are around 4th magnitude, so if there 
is a lot of light pollution it may be difficult to see, but for moderate to 
dark skies you should be able to find the constellation's stars.

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