Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory
- In the Sky for January 2019 -

Source: EVAC January Newsletter

The Moon & Planets: 

  • January 20-21, Total Lunar Eclipse visible from Western Hemisphere.

Evening Planets (after sunset): 

  • Neptune, SW
  • Mars, SW
  • Uranus, SW

Morning Planets (before sunrise): 

  • Venus, SE
  • Jupiter, SE
  • Saturn, SE
  • Mercury, SE

Phases of the Moon: 

Phase Date Time Current Moon Info
New Moon January 5 18:28 MT

First Quarter Moon January 13 23:45 MT
Full Moon January 20 22:16 MT
Last Quarter Moon January 27 14:10 MT

Comets:

Comet 46P Wirtanen should remain above the threshold of naked eye visibility until mid-January. It is circumpolar for observers at mid-northern latitudes. The Moon may swamp the comet's faint glow during the second half of the month.

Meteors:

The Quadrantid meteors peak on January 3. The narrow crescent Moon doesn't rise until almost sunrise, so the shower should be a good one; expect to see up to 60 – 200 meteors per hour under ideal conditions.