The January Night Sky
These are the areas of sky you should be able to see looking in the direction of sky mentioned at around the 15th of this month, about 7 pm GMT.
Remember, stars (and planets can be included) appear to rise and set 4 minutes earlier on each successive day. This equates to 1 hour every 15 days. Therefore, on the 1st of the month, the maps will show the sky for 8 pm GMT. While on the 30th, the maps will show the sky for 6 pm GMT.
In the early morning hours of January 21st, there will be a total eclipse of the Moon. It starts at 02:36hrs with totality at 03:33 hrs which lasts for 1hr 1min. The Moon will be in the south-west sky. The eclipse is at greatest totality at 05:12hrs and at a height of 25 degrees above the horizon, so will present a good photo opportunity. So, get your cameras at the ready for this special event. There will not be another Total Lunar eclipse until 2021.
Let’s hope for clear skies!
Click on the link below to access a pdf document detailing all timings. Courtesy F. Espanek, NASA’s GSFC (eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclispse.html)
The following morning of the 22nd at 6:30am, Venus and Jupiter line up low in the east for a close conjunction of 2 degrees.
On the morning of the 31st at 6:30am, Venus, The Moon and Jupiter line up low in the east for another photographic highlight.
Click on each image to get a full-screen view of the area of sky.
The Phases of The Moon this month:
The Northern area of sky this month:
The Eastern area of the sky this month:
The Southern area of the sky this month:
The Western area of the sky this month: