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


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.


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.