News on what is visable in this months sky as posted by Adrian Zielonka's in his monthly sky notes.
Thank you Adrian and thank you CADAS.
Here is the astronomy news for January.
Wishing you all have a very Happy Christmas and A Happy New Year.
Night Sky 2021 - January
30th – 7:50am
30th – 4:59pm
30th – 6:25pm
30th – 7:24am
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5th –11:54pm (E)
19th –11:08am (E)
6th –12:04pm (W)
18th –10:46pm (W)
31st – 8:21pm
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in notes are set
31st – 9:33am
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Last Quarter – 6th
New Moon – 13th
First Quarter – 20th
Full Moon – 28th
A useful site: www.heavens-above.com
A S Zielonka
At midnight on the 1st the star Epsilon Leonis (2.9 mag) in Leo is 7 degrees to the left of the Moon in the south east... and at 6:05am on the 2nd the stars Rasalas (3.8 mag) and Epsilon Leonis point the way to the moon in the south west.
From the 1st – 10th Comet C/2020 M3 Atlas (9.4 mag – Dec 9th) passes close to the star Capella (0 mag). On the 3rd at 8:00pm they are high in the west, with Comet Atlas is just ½ a degree above Capella.
On the 2nd at 9:00pm the star Eta Leonis (3.4 mag) in Leo is ¾ of a degree above the Moon in the ENE... and at 6:00am on the 3rd with the star Regulus, all three form an equilateral triangle. Eta Leonis is to the right of the Moon.
The Quadrantids meteor shower reaches its peak on the 2nd/3rd though they can be seen from the 1st – 5th.
At midnight on the 3rd the star Chertan (3.3 mag) in Leo is 4 degrees to the left of the Moon and 2½ degrees above... and at 6:00am on the 4th the star Iota Leonis (4 mag) is 2 degrees above left of the Moon.
From the 5th - 20th Comet C/2020 P1 Neowise (11.5 mag – Nov 28th) passes close to the star Unukalhai (2.6 mag) in Serpens. On the 10th at 6:00am Neowise is just ½ a degree below right of Unukalhai. The crescent Moon is directly below them near the horizon in the south east.
At 6:00am on the 7th the star Spica (0.9 mag) in Virgo is 7 degrees to the right of the Moon and 2½ degrees below.
On the 8th at 6:00am the star Zubenelgenubi (2.7 mag) in Libra is 3 degrees below the crescent Moon and ½ a degree to the left.
At 6:30am on the 9th the star Acrab (2.5 mag) in Scorpius is 5½ degrees to the lower left of the crescent Moon. The moon is at perigee (367,387km) at 3:37pm.
From the 9th – 12th Mercury passes close to Jupiter and Saturn. On the 10th at 5:00pm Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury will be low in the south west. Jupiter is 4½ degrees above the horizon at 231 degrees azimuth. Mercury is 2 degrees below Jupiter. Saturn is 2¼ degrees to the lower right of Jupiter and 1¾ degrees slightly upper right of Mercury. On the 11th Mercury is 1½ degrees to the lower left of Jupiter. On the 12th Mercury is 2 degrees to the left of Jupiter.
On the 10th at 6:45am the star Antares (1 mag) in Scorpius is 5 degrees to the lower right of a thin crescent Moon.
At 7:30am on the 11th a very thin crescent Moon maybe seen low in the south east 6½ degrees to the right of Venus. The Moon is 4 degrees above the horizon at 139.5 degrees azimuth and Venus just 2 ½ degrees above the horizon at 133 degrees azimuth.
On the 14th at 5:00pm the crescent Moon is due south west at 225 degrees azimuth with Mercury 4 ½ degrees to its right. Jupiter is 4¼ degrees to the lower right of Mercury, with Saturn 1½ degrees above the horizon at 235.5 degrees azimuth, and just 2¾ degrees lower right of Jupiter.
Pluto is at superior conjunction on the 14th.
From the 17th – 23rd the asteroid 39 Laetitia (10.4 mag) passes close to the star Meissa (3.3 mag) in Orion. During the evenings of the 20th and 21st Laetitia will be ½ a degree from Meissa.
Mercury is at perihelion on the 19th.
From the 19th – 22nd the asteroid 8 Flora (10.1 mag) passes close to the star Mu Ceti (4.2 mag) in Cetus. On the 20th Flora is ¾ of a degree from Mu Ceti and on the 21st at 8:00pm Flora will be approximately midway between Mu Ceti and the Moon.
At midnight on the 20th Mars is 7 degrees above the Moon and 2 degrees to the right. Uranus is 6¼ degrees above the Moon and just ½ a degree to the right. Uranus is 1½ degrees to the lower left of the Moon.
From the 21st – 26th Comet C/2020 S3 Erasmus (5.6 mag – Dec 9th) passes close to the star Albali (3.7 mag) in Aquarius. On the 24th at 5:30pm Comet Erasmus will be midway between Albali and 102624 “Hipparcus Cat ID” (4.4 mag) will be low in the WSW and just 5 degrees above the horizon at 252 degrees azimuth.
From the 22nd – 25th Mercury passes close to the star Delta Capricorni (2.8 mag) in Capricornus. On the 24th at 5:30pm Mercury will be 2¾ degrees above right of Delta Capricorni which is 6½ degrees above the horizon at 235 degrees azimuth.
Mercury reaches maximum eastern elongation on the 24th.
Saturn is at superior conjunction on the 24th.
From the 25th – 31st Comet 88P Howell (9.1 mag – Dec 9th) passes close to Neptune. At 6:00pm on the 28th Howell will be 1½ degrees to the lower left of Neptune. Neptune is 2½ degrees to the left of the star Phi Aquarii (4.2 mag) in Aquarius and 1 degree above.
Jupiter is at superior conjunction on the 29th.
* = Dates and times are subject to change.
News: Solar Orbiter: The science payload is composed of 10 instruments.
10/10) SoloHI – Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (United States): Images both the quasi-steady flow and transient disturbances in the solar wind over a wide field of view by observing visible sunlight scattered by solar wind electrons. SoloHi provides unique measurements to pinpoint coronal mass ejections (CMEs).
News: The planned launch date (at present) of the James Webb Space Telescope is October 31st.
Facts: On December 12th 1967, NASA launched the Pioneer 8 spacecraft on a mission to study the Sun and interplanetary space. It sent back data for nearly 30years.