2024 Messier Observing: January's Best

AI generated January night sky

Here's a list of the best Messier objects to observe in January, with suggested times to observe them.

  1. M42 - Orion Nebula: Best observed early in the evening throughout January. It's visible to the naked eye and looks stunning through binoculars or a telescope.

  2. M79 - Globular Cluster in Lepus: Visible later in the evening during January. Located in the constellation Lepus.

  3. M78 - Reflection Nebula in Orion: Best observed in the early evening. It's a faint nebula in the constellation Orion and may require darker skies or a telescope to see clearly.

  4. M1 - Crab Nebula: Visible in the evening throughout January. This supernova remnant is in the constellation Taurus.

  5. M78 - Spiral Galaxy in Cassiopeia: Best observed later in the evening. Located in the constellation Cassiopeia, it might require a telescope due to its faintness.

  6. M35 - Open Cluster in Gemini: Visible later in the evening during January. Found in the constellation Gemini, it's best seen through binoculars or a small telescope.

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