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In The Sky

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Below is a list of dates with notable events for the coming weeks in January 2019

  • Look out for the meteor shower and the supermoon eclipse!

  • 1st NASA space probe passes by Ultima Thune. Moon is near Venus 7am SSE. 
  • 2nd Venus and Jupiter are near the Moon 7am SSE
  • 3rd Moon is near Jupiter 7am SE. Earth is at its closest to the Sun 520am.
  • 3rd/4th Quadrantid meteor shower peak around midnight and after.
  • 12th Moon near Mars in the evening West
  • 17th Star Aldebaran near the Moon in Taurus 620pm SE .
  • 21st Stunning super moon eclipse starting at 334am East .
  • 22nd Venus close to Jupiter 7am SE . Moon near star Regulus in the evening East .
  • 23rd Moon close to star Regulus in the evening in Leo East .
  • 27th Moon near star Spica in the morning.
  • 30th Moon near Venus and Jupiter and star Antares around 6am/7am SSE
  • 31st Moon between Venus and Jupiter and near star Antares around 6am/7am between the SE and SSE

Rising and setting of the planets, Moon and Sun (on 4th January):-

419am Venus rises

555am Jupiter rises

646am Moon rises

719am Mercury rises

806am Saturn rises

815am Sun rises

1122am Mars rises

145pm Venus sets

214pm Jupiter sets

312pm Mercury sets

319pm Moon sets

415pm Saturn sets

425pm Sun sets

1135pm Mars sets

Quadrantid Meteor Shower:-

Visible 1st to 10th January but peaking on the night of 3rd/4th January. Normally best seen from midnight onwards. This is supposed to be the most spectacular meteor shower of 2019. There is no moonlight to interfere but fingers crossed the sky is clear of cloud..

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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