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Friday, December 21, 2018


Southern Skywatch January 2019 edition is now out!

The the morning sky on Wednesday January 2 facing east as seen from Adelaide at 5:15 ACDST 45 minutes before sunrise, Venus and the crescent Moon are close. (The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus at this time, similar views will be seen Australia wide 45 minutes minutes before sunrise). Click to embiggen.

The January edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.

This month Saturn is lost from the evening sky for the first half of the month, it then meets  Mercury late in the month. Jupiter climbs higher in the morning sky, catching up with Venus.

Venus climbs higher in the morning sky,  and is close to Jupiter in the morning sky on the 23rd, then is overtaken by it.  Mars is is rapidly dimming.

Mercury  is visible in the low in the morning sky this month, meeting Saturn on the 15th.

Venus is climbing higher in the morning skies and is close to the crescent Moon on the 2nd.  In even small telescopes it is a crescent. Venus is close to Jupiter in the morning sky on the 23rd

Jupiter is close to Venus on the 23rd.

 Mars is close to the waxing Moon on the 13th.

Saturn returns to the morning sky late in the month and is close to Mercury on the 15th.

January 2, crescent Moon near Venus.

January 3 Moon close to Jupiter. January 13, Moon and Mars close.

January 9, Moon at Apogee; January 22, Moon at perigee (near perigee full Moon, so called "super Moon" 21st)


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