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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.


Morning sky on January 15 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 4:19 ACDST (90 minutes before sunrise). Mars is low above the horizon below Scorpius and the bright red star Antares.


 Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen). 


Evening sky on January 15  looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:03 ACDST (30 minutes after sunset).  Mercury and Saturn are low in the the twilight.

 

Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen)


Evening sky on January 15  looking west as seen from Adelaide at 22:14 ACDST (90 minutes after sunset).  Jupiter is setting.

 

 

Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).

Whole sky showing the Jupiter and the Moon, January 15, 22:14 ACDST, 90 minutes after sunset (click to embiggen). Orion, Taurus and the Pleiades can be seen above the eastern horizon.

 

 

Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar view at the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset). 

Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard as seen looking west from Adelaide at January 1, 21:39 ACDST, 60 minutes after sunset (click to embiggen). Similar views will be seen in elsewhere in Australia 60 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.

Mars is rising higher 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
 
Saturn is now too low for telescopic observation and difficult or see in the twilight.  
 
Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEST, Western sky at 10 pm AEST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.


 

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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