Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Thursday January 13 to Thursday January 20
The Full Moon is Tuesday, January 18. Three bright planets are seen forming a line in the early evening twilight. These are Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter. Mercury and Saturn are low in the twilight and difficult to see. Jupiter is prominent but sets around the time the sky is full dark.Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard is visible in binoculars below the star Gamma Grusis but fading and the waning moon may make to more difficult to see.
The Full Moon is Tuesday, January 18. The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on January 14.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar view at the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset).
Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) is a nice little binocular object. It is yet again in outburst and has a very clear little tail. It is now relatively easy to fins as it is in a binocular field of the brightish star Gamma Grusis, easily found by following the trail for stats from the two prominent stars of the constellation of Grus, the Crane.
Mercury climbs higher in the early evening twilight and forms a line with Saturn and Jupiter. It may be difficult to see in then twilight glow.
Venus is lost in the twilight.
Jupiter is readily visible in the western sky but is setting when the sky is fully dark. Mercury , Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the early twilight sky.
Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to the current time.
Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.
Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/
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