Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Thursday January 20 to Thursday January 27
The Last Quarter Moon is Tuesday, January 25. After months of exciting evening planetary action Jupiter is now alone in the night sky, setting around the time the sky is full dark. Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard is just visible in binoculars below the star Gamma Grusis when the Moon is below the horizon. Mars is readily visible in the morning sky below Scorpius. Venus is low in the morning twilight.
The Last Quarter Moon is Tuesday, January 25.
Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (45 minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen).
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60 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, but fading. It is now relatively easy to find as it is in a binocular field of the brightish star Gamma Grusis, easily found by following the trail for stars from the two prominent stars of the constellation of Grus, the Crane.
Mercury is lost in the twilight
Venus is low in the morning twilight.
Jupiter is readily visible in the western sky but is setting when the sky is fully dark.
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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