During the first month of the new calendar year, Mars is the only shiny planet that shows the darkness of the night and evening hours in January 2021, in addition to observing the other three evening planets – Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn – only at dusk in the evening (i.e., the first darkness of the night) and leaves the sky at night with the sky The Arab world.
Details of the appearance of Mars in the sky of the Arab world
And according to what the Astronomical Society in Jeddah mentioned on its personal page on the social networking site “Facebook”, Mars observes high in the sky at the beginning of the night and then heads towards the western horizon (due to the rotation of the earth on its axis) during the evening hours, and will set after midnight.
It is reported that the red planet will slowly fade in the coming months, and Mars will continue to shine as a medium-bright star, easy to see with the naked eye throughout January, and the moon will meet it in the second half of this month.
And during the current days, specifically on January 3 and 4, the Arab world will witness the Quadrantids, according to what was confirmed by Dr. Ashraf Tadros, professor of astronomical research at the National Institute for Astronomical Research, on his personal page on the social networking site.
Tadros confirmed that the Rubaiyat meteor shower is one of the average meteor showers, with a number of meteors reaching more than 40 meteors per hour, assuming a completely dark sky.
It is also the result of the remnants of an ancient asteroid known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003, and it orbits the sun every 5 and a half years.
Accordingly, the humpback moon will block most of the faint meteors this year, and it will be best seen after midnight, and it should be from a completely dark place away from city lights, provided the sky is clear and free of clouds and dust.
Accordingly, these meteors fall as if they were coming from the Howling constellation, but they can appear anywhere else in the sky.
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