In The Sky

We are indebted to Arthur Black for supplying this information.
Should you wish to communicate with Arthur, please email him at:  arthur.black10@btinternet.com

Before the usual info, I thought I would mention the Starlink satellites. They are worth looking out for. You can download an app (Apple or Android) to find out when and where they will appear. My neighbour and I saw about 14 or 15 all crossing the sky over a period of eight minutes last week. Rather impressive. [2nd May 2020]

Here is stargazing info for January 2021.

  • 2nd Earth reaches its closest point to the Sun 150pm
  • 2nd Moon north of star Regulus and south of star Algieba in Leo ESE 1130pm
  • 3rd/4th Quadrantids meteor shower peak NNE 11pm onwards 
  • 6th Moon north of star Spica in Virgo E 7am 
  • 10th Moon north of star Antares SSE 730am 
  • 10th Venus low in the SE 730am
  • 11am Moon bear Venus SE 8am 
  • 11am Mercury passes below Jupiter SW 430pm
  • 13th New Moon 
  • 14th Narrow crescent Moon with Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn low in the SW 430pm 
  • 20th Moon near Mars W 9pm 
  • 21st Moon close to Mars and Uranus W 8pm 
  • 22nd Moon near the star cluster Pleiades SW 930pm 
  • 23rd Moon north of star Aldebaran in Taurus S 930pm 
  • 27th Moon South of twin stars Castor and Pollux in Gemini E 7pm 
  • 28th Full Moon 
  • 29th Moon near the star cluster Praesope in Cancer E 715pm  
  • 30th Moon north of star Regulus in Leo E 9pm

Meteor Showers:-

Quadrantids -  

Visible 28/12 to 12/1 Peak 3-4/1 120 meteors per hour NNE between Bootes and Hercules 

There will be moonlight interference 


Planets:

Mercury - reaches greatest eastern elongation on 24th pm. It sets around 615pm in the SW. 

Venus - initially in Ophiuchus but moving closer to the Sun. Starts the month very bright low inn the SE rising around 630am. It disappears from sight by the end of the month. 

Mars - it fades as it moves from Pisces to Aries. It sets around 145am. 

Jupiter - is in Capricornus. Gradually getting too close to the Sun to be visible. Very low in the SW. Sets around 545pm. 

Saturn - also in Capricornus. Becoming invisible near the Sun. Very low in the SW. Sets around 545pm. 

Uranus - initially retrograding in Aries but resumes direct motion on 16/1. Sets about 145am. 

Neptune - remains in Aquarius for the whole year. Visible with binoculars. Sets around 915pm. 

Never look at the Sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a telescope as doing this will blind you.

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