The Sky This Week – Th Jan 22 to Th Jan 29

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The First Quarter Luna is Tuesday Jan 27. Venus is prominent inward the twilight eve heaven acre Mercury falls dorsum to the horizon. The duet are visited past times the Luna on Jan 22. Mars is but visible inward the early on eve in addition to is visited past times the Luna on Jan 23. Jupiter is visible inward the belatedly eve sky. Comet C/2102 Q2 Lovejoy is lost from view. Saturn is inward the caput of the Scorpion.

The First Quarter Luna is Tuesday Jan 27.

Evening heaven on Th Jan 22 looking W every bit seen from Adelaide at 21:00 (9:00 pm) ACDST inward South Australia.  Mars is depression inward the twilight, alongside Venus in addition to the Luna closed together below. Mercury is deep inward the twilight. Similar views volition live on seen elsewhere at the equivalent local fourth dimension (click to embiggen).

Mercury  is depression inward the twilight, in addition to past times the cease of the calendar week volition live on also hard to see. Venus provides a helpful signpost to finding Mercury which is below in addition to to the left of Venus. On the 22nd Venus, the sparse crescent Luna in addition to Mercury shape a triangle, although y’all may need binoculars to meet Mercury. You volition need a reasonably flat, clear horizon to meet it.

Venus is similar a shot piece of cake to meet depression on the western horizon inward the twilight. At civil twilight, one-half an hr subsequently sunset, it is good over a hand-span inward a higher house the horizon. While Venus is brilliant y’all volition nonetheless need a reasonably flat, clear horizon to meet it, although every bit the calendar week goes past times it is easier in addition to easier to selection out. On the 22nd Venus, the sparse crescent Luna in addition to Mercury shape a triangle.

Mars  is nonetheless seen depression inward the western eve sky, setting earlier 10:30 pm daylight saving fourth dimension (shortly subsequently twilight ends). Mars is becoming harder in addition to harder to meet every bit it lowers deeper into the twilight. On the 23rd the crescent Luna is around Mars.

Morning heaven on Sabbatum Jan 24 looking eastward every bit seen from Adelaide at 5:00 am ACDST .   Saturn is inward the caput of the Scorpion, non far from Antares at this time. (click to embiggen).

Saturn climbs higher inward the morn sky. It is similar a shot easily visible inward the early on twilight close the caput of the constellation of the Scorpion non far from the brilliant blood-red star Antares. The sight of the distinctive constellation of the Scopion curled inward a higher house the horizon, alongside brilliant Saturn inward its head, is real dainty indeed.

 Jupiter  is prominent inward the morn sky, in addition to is piece of cake to meet every bit the brightest object inward a higher house the northern horizon earlier twilight. It is similar a shot non far from the brilliant star Regulus inward the sickle of Leo (this forms the caput of the constellation of the  Lion).

Jupiter is high plenty for practiced telescopic observation earlier astronomical twilight. Jupiter’s Moons volition live on putting on a practiced display inward both binoculars in addition to little telescopes.

Jupiter enters the eve heaven but earlier 10 pm daylight saving time, where it is the brightest object inward a higher house the north-eastern horizon. It is similar a shot inward a decent seat for telescope viewing but earlier midnight, although nonetheless best inward the early on morning.

Evening heaven on Lord’s Day Jan 25 looking north  every bit seen from Adelaide at 22:00 (10:00 pm) ACDST inward South Australia. Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy is below the Pleiades.  Similar views volition live on seen elsewhere at the equivalent local fourth dimension (click to embiggen).

C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy is dimming inward the sky. This volition live on the to the lowest degree calendar week nosotros tin effectively meet the comet earlier it passes completely into northern hemisphere skies.

While the comet is reasonably brilliant similar a shot (estimates betwixt magnitude 4.0 in addition to 4.5) it is piece of cake fading every bit it heads towards the horizon where horizon murk makes it fifty-fifty harder to see. Also this calendar week the Luna brightens compounding the comets visibility difficulties. It is nonetheless easily visible inward binoculars but volition live on much to a greater extent than hard to meet past times the weeks end. Binoculars or little telescopes demo it every bit a definite fuzzy disk nigh a quarter of the size of the Moon. In pocket-size sized telescopes the faint sparse tail tin live on seen. Instructions on viewing the comet in addition to printable finding charts tin live on works life here.

There are lots of interesting things inward the heaven to thought alongside a telescope. Especially alongside the comet inward the early on eve sky.  If y’all don’t convey a telescope, similar a shot is a practiced fourth dimension to see 1 of your local astronomical societies open nights or the local planetariums.

Printable PDF maps of the Eastern heaven at 10 pm AEST, Western heaven at 10 pm AEDST. For farther details in addition to to a greater extent than data on what’s upwards inward the sky, see Southern Skywatch.

Cloud comprehend predictions tin live on works life at SkippySky.
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