Mammoth Cave Weekly Night Sky Almanac January 26th – February 1st
Sunday January 26th. As soon as it is dark, the thin crescent Moon will be low in the southwest. Mercury will be at the lower right. Venus will be to the upper right of the moon.
Monday January 27th Venus and Neptune will make a close approach to each other. Venus will be at mag -4.1; and Neptune will be at mag 7.9. Both objects will lie in the constellation Aquarius.
Tuesday January 28th The Moon, Venus and Neptune will make a close approach to each other. The Moon will be at mag -10.2; Venus will be at mag -4.1; and Neptune will be at mag 7.9. The trio will lie in the constellation Aquarius. They will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
Wednesday January 29th The Gemini twins lie on their sides, left of Orion. Their head stars, Castor and Pollux, are farthest from Orion, one over the other. Castor is the top one. Far below that spot shines Procyon.
Thursday January 30th Soon after the sun goes down, spot the equilateral Winter Triangle in the southeast. Sirius is its brightest and lowest star. Betelgeuse stands above Sirius by about two fists at arm's length. To the left of their midpoint is Procyon.
Friday January 31st The Beehive open star cluster (M44, NGC 2632, also known as Praesepe) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.
Saturday February 1st First-quarter Moon. The Moon, half-lit, shines near the head of Cetus. In early evening look for 2.5-magnitude Alpha Ceti (Menkar), an orange giant, to the Moon's lower left.
Discovered in the 1920's; the naturally decorated Frozen Niagara section remains one of the most famous at Mammoth Cave, and serves as a highlight featured on two tours this winter. The Domes and Dripstones tour is moderately strenuous and requires a two hour hike and numerous hills and stairs to reach this point.
The Frozen Niagara tour is a short tour which offers a chance to visit this area with only 12 stairs. This tour is ideal for anyone with difficulty walking long distances or negotiating stairs. This tour includes a 10 minute bus ride to and from the entrance.
Our winter tour schedule has the Frozen Niagara tour daily at 12:30 and Domes and Dripstone tour daily at 1:00 PM.
Heading there this July for the first time!! Can't wait! Planning on scheduling the frozen Niagara tour! And at least one more, anyone have any suggestions? I have a 10 yr old and a 7 yr old
Specifically, the Frozen Niagara section was discovered on March 14th, 1923. I'm not obsessed, I don't know what you're talking about.
We will be visiting in June, what’s the best tour in anyone’s opinion? Looking for about 2 hours.
Seen it many times! Love it! Go see it!
I remember seeing Frozen Niagara for the first time in 1963, and again the next year, after walking down seemingly endless and scary wooden stairways to get into the main cave passage leading to FN. A few years after that, a ranger told me that entrance had been closed temporarily by the Bureau of Mines for safety reasons. Next time I went on that tour, after a long hiatus of 30 years, new solid metal stairs were in place, and I was really glad to see that area again. It's the most spectacular walk-down in any cave in the USA, I think (and by the way, I've done the Natural Entrance Tour at Carlsbad 3 times!).😊
Please have Gennady Papizh come and sing in the caves! Would be a phenomenal experience!!
Loved this part of the cave. We did the Domes and Dripstones tour. Wonderful!
We will heading your way in April!!! Can’t wait!!!
Seen it and would love to see it again definitely amazing
Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on Monday, January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an annual celebration of the influential leader’s achievements in the modern civil rights movement. Cave tours will depart from the visitor center at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm CT.
Mammoth Passage tour participants must pick up their free tickets in the visitor center before going on a tour. The ¾-mile, 1¼-hour Mammoth Passage tour is limited to 70 people, and requires a walk down and up a steep path to the Historic Entrance and traversing 160 steps. The tour explores a vast canyon passageway and discusses a 19th-century saltpeter mining operation and the geologic origins of Mammoth Cave.
Each year the National Park Service offers several fee free days, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to provide the opportunity for the public to visit a new place or return to an old favorite. For more information about Mammoth Cave National Park events, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ... See MoreSee Less