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Tonight's Sky-Watch

Updated on January 24, 2023

  Visible Planet-Watch

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.

  Moon-Watch

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.

   Notable Event-Watch

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

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