Updated on January 24, 2023
Mercury - Is visible at dawn beginning on the 15th, rising to 25° on the 30th.
Venus - Is Visible after sunset.
Mars - Is visible all night
Jupiter - Is best viewed in the mid evenings.
Saturn - Viewing will diminish as it moves behind the Sun.
Uranus - is best viewed before midnight.
Neptune - is best viewed before midnight.
Full Moon occurs on January 6th, at 1509 hrs PST, 2209 hrs U.T.
Last Quarter Moon occurs on January 14th at 1811 hrs PST, 0211 hrs U.T. on 15-Jan
New Moon occurs on January 21st at 1254 hrs PST, 2054 hrs U.T.
First Quarter Moon occurs on January 28th at 0720 hrs PST, 1520 hrs U.T.
All Winter, the open star cluster, Pleiades (aka, the Seven Sisters) will be visible until the late evening-early morning hours. At this time Pleiades is 8° West of Mars.
For the remaining month and in to February, the comet C/2022 E3 ZTF will be visible making its first approach in 50,000 years. Observers with dark, moonless skies may even spot the comet with the naked eye (dimly) as it sails between the the Big and Little Dippers later this month.
Jan 1 – Uranus passes 0.7° S of Moon 1400 hrs PST. (2200 U.T.)
Jan 3 – Pleiades 2.5° N of Moon at 1924 hrs PST. (0124 U.T.)
Jan 4 – Quadrantid meteor shower peak
– Earth at perihelion: 0.9833 A.U. from the Sun
Jan 6 – Full Moon
Jan 7 – Pollux 2.1° N of Moon at 0540 hrs PST (13:40 U.T.)
Jan 8 – Moon is at apogee 406,458 km (252,587 mi.) from Earth
Jan 18 – Antares 2.1° N of Moon at 0119 hrs PST (0932 U.T.)
Jan 21 – New Moon
– Moon at perigee: 356,569 km (221,581 mi.) from the Earth
Jan 22 – Saturn 0.4° N of Venus
Jan 23 – Saturn 3.8° N of Moon
– Venus 3.4° N of Moon
Jan 25 – Jupiter 1.8° N of Moon, best observation at 9pm PT.
Jan 28 – First Quarter Moon
Jan 29 – Uranus 0.9° S of Moon
Jan 30 – Mercury 25° W of Sun (greatest western elongation)
– Pleiades 2.6° N of Moon
Jan 31 – Mars 0.1° N of Moon
As of July 2022