Discovery of the First Exoplanet
The first planet discovered outside of our solar system was Pegasi 51b in 1992. The planet, 50 light years distant in the constellation of Pegasus, was discovered to be orbiting a neutron star named Bellerophon. Since 1992, more than 1000 exoplanets have been discovered.
What’s in the Sky in January
Venus can be easily spotted in the west as the Sun is setting. It will be visible for about 90 mminutes or so after sunset.
Jupiter is visible all night long. You can spot the giant planet around 8 pm in the east, and it will cross the sky as the night progresses. In fact, you will still be able to pick it out in the west before sunrise. If you have binoculars, you will be able to see all or some of its four largest moons shining like tiny pinpoints surrounding the planet.
New Moon: 1st and 30th
Full Moon: 16th