Monthly Stargazing Calendar for January 2016

On the evening of January Three and four the Quadrantids meteor bathe will peak. It is an above bathe, with as much as 40 meteors per hour at peak, though some meteors might be seen between January 1 and 5. The meteors originate from mud grains left behind by an extinct comet often known as 2003 EH1, which was found in 2003. Sadly this yr the glare or the second quarter moon will out all however the brightest meteors, but it surely might nonetheless be an excellent in case you are affected person and view from a darkish location removed from metropolis lights. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, however can seem anyplace within the sky.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Radiant Point. Image by EarthSky.org. License: CC BY-SA 3.0.

Quadrantid meteor bathe radiant level picture by EarthSky.org. License: CC BY-SA 3.0.

Moon phases

As you recognize, the moon has a big effect on the visibility of celestial our bodies within the evening sky. So listed here are the moon’s phases for this month:

Moon Phases Calendar January 2016

Positions of the planets this month

Mercury: The closest planet to the Solar might be seen at daybreak and nightfall travelling between the constellations of Sagittarius and Capricornus. This planet, being the closest to the Solar, will seem to maneuver rapidly within the evening sky and its place will change within the following weeks.

Venus: The sister planet might be seen travelling throughout the constellations of Ophiuchus and Sagittarius. Identical to Mercury, Venus can solely be seen at daybreak and nightfall.

Mars: The crimson airplanet might be seen between the constellations of Virgo and Libra.

Jupiter: The fuel large is seen between the constellations of Leo and Virgo. Jupiter can simply be noticed with the bare eye, even in extremely illuminated cities.

Saturn: The ringed large might be seen with the bare eye between the constellations of Scorpius and Ophiuchus.

Uranus: The fuel large might be seen in the constellation of Pisces with the usage of a .

Neptune: The blue large requires a telescope pointed within the constellation of Aquarius as a way to be seen.

Main astronomical occasion subsequent month

  • February 7 – Mercury at Biggest Western Elongation.

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