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Welcome to the home of the Heart of the Valley Astronomers in the central Willamette Valley of Oregon. We are a group of amateur astronomers dedicated to sharing our passions for the
night sky with the local community. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station 5, 4950 NW Fair Oaks Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330. We also regularly schedule star parties, technical assistance
and educational outreach for public and private groups. Send an email to the club for outreach information.
JANUARY CELESTIAL EVENTS
January 1 - Evening: First full Moon of the year - a SuperMoon! Did you get to see it?
January 3 - Earth reaches perihelion and is closest to the Sun for the year at 91,419,000 miles
January 4-5 - Night: The Moon slips past Regulus in Leo;
January 6 - Dawn: Mars and Jupiter shine less than 1/3 degree apart in the constellation Libra
January 13 - Dawn: Mercury and Saturn rise less than 1/2 degree apart in the SE just before sunrise. The Moon is 6 degrees to upper right of Saturn.
January 15 - Dawn: Very thin waning crescent Moon, Mercury and Saturn form a compact triangle
January 31 - All night: The asteroid Ceres is at opposition at magnitude 6.9. You'll need binoculars to spot this dwarf planet
January 31 - Early Morning: Second full Moon of the month and year, first total lunar eclipse we can see in over two years
This Month's Constellation - Perseus