By Peter Forrester | January 3, 2019
Here are your stargazing news and events for the month of January.
Thursday, January 3: Quadrantid Meteor Shower, active from Dec 28 to January 12, peaks tonight at 9:00 PM. Up to 120 meteors per hour. The radiant (location in sky where meteors appear to originate) is in the constellation Bootes.
Saturday, January 5: New Moon at 8:28 PM. Also partial eclipse of the Sun visible in northeast Asia and the North Pacific. Unfortunately we can’t see it here as the Sun has already set.
Tuesday, January 8: Moon at apogee (furthest from Earth) at 11:00 PM.
Saturday, January 12: Moon near Mars in the evening, 8:00 PM.
Monday, January 14: First Quarter Moon at 1:45 AM.
Monday, January 21: Total eclipse of the Moon, this one is visible here from 11:41 PM on January 20 until 12:43 AM on the 21st. Mid-eclipse at 12:31 AM. Partial phases start at 10:34 PM and end at 1:51 AM . Moon at perigee (closest to Earth, this one is considered a Supermoon). A lunar eclipse is always the Full Moon as well.
Tuesday, January 22: Venus near Jupiter at 11:00 AM, though we’ll have to wait until after sunset to see this spectacle. Also that same day, Moon near Regulus (bright star in the constellation Leo) at 11:00 PM.
Sunday, January 27: Last Quarter Moon at 4:00 PM.
Wednesday, January 30: Moon near Jupiter at 9:00 PM.
Here’s wishing you all a happy month of skywatching! For other events, and more stargazing tips, check out the link to skymaps.com.
Previous in series: Skies Over Milton, December Edition
| Next in series: Skies Over Milton, February Edition
Thalassoudis, Kym. (2000-18). Skymaps. Retrieved January 3, 2019 from www.skymaps.com.
Wikipedia. (2019, January 3). January 2019 Lunar Eclipse. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_2019_lunar_eclipse.
Wikipedia. (2019, January 3). Quadrantids. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrantids.
Wikipedia. (2019, January 3). Regulus. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulus.
Wikipedia. (2019, January 3). Solar Eclipse of January 6, 2019. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_January_6,_2019.