Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Sky This Week - Thursday January 17 to Thursday January 24
The Full Moon is Monday, January 21. This is a perigee full Moon, also called a "super Moon" (although perigee is technically the next day, the full Moon of February 19 is closer to perigee). There is also a total Lunar eclipse, but this will not be seen in Australia.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (45 minutes before sunrise)
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
What can you expect to see with the "Super Moon" of January 21 ?
Not much really, unless you are a regular observer of the Moon, have good visual acuity and a good memory.
The problem is, while the Moon is close this time around, it doesn't actually translate into something you can easily see with your unaided eye. Mondays Full Moon will be around 14% larger and 30% brighter than September's apogee Full Moon.So unless you have a good memory, you won't wee much (but it will be a good opportunity to photograph the full Moon, then again in September and compare the images.
Venus climbs higher in the morning skies and Jupiter is heading towards it. The pair are closest on the 23rd.
Mercury is lost in the twilight
Jupiter climbs higher in the morning sky heading towards Venus. The pair are closest on the 23rd.
Mars is in Pisces and is readily seen as the brightest object in the western evening sky. Mars sets just before midnight.
Saturn is climbs higher in the morning sky although it is still quite low.
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.
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/