What's in the Sky Tonight?

JANUARY 2019

Our Favorite Astronomical Binoculars


Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter

$60 range

January 3-4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower. This is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors an hour at its peak. The shower appears annually from January 1-5. This year it peaks on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th. The moon will be a thin crescent at that time and will not interfere with what will likely be a good show. Ideal viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.

January 6 - New Moon.

January 6 - Partial Solar Eclipse. A partial solar eclipse occurs when only a part of the Sun is covered by the Moon. A partial solar eclipse can only be safely observed with a special solar filter or by looking at the Sun's reflection. The partial eclipse will be visible in parts of eastern Asia and the northern Pacific Ocean. It will be best seen from northeastern Russia with 62% coverage.

January 21 - Full Moon, Supermoon. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon because this was the time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps. This moon has also been know as the Old Moon and the Moon After Yule. This is also the first of three supermoons for 2019. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

January 22 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. These two brightest planets will be visible within 2.4 degrees of each other in the early morning sky. Look to the East just before sunrise.

January 21 - Total Lunar Eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon, completely obscuring the Moon by the Earth's dark shadow. During such an eclipse, the Moon will slowly darken and then take on a rusty red color. The eclipse will be visible in most of North America, South America, the eastern Pacific Ocean, western Atlantic Ocean, extreme western Europe, and extreme western Africa.

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Venus will shine low in the western sky after sunset, then quickly disappear. Jupiter, not far from Venus in the southwestern sky, moves lower as the month progresses. With a pair of binoculars, you can see the four Galilean moons of Jupiter.

ASTRONOMY BINOCULARS
A mini telescope you can take anywhere

If you love sky gazing, you have to have a pair of astronomy binoculars! Binoculars are a fantastic alternative to telescopes—inexpensive, lightweight, and portable. For city dwellers where there is a lot of light pollution, binoculars are essential if you want to see much of anything.

Binoculars enlarge and brighten the beauty and immensity of the night sky. You can see the detail of the moon's craters, the phases of Venus, the moons and stripes of Jupiter, the awesome jewels that dot the Milky Way, nebulae, star clusters, and comets when they're passing near.

Our favorite astonomy binoculars is the Celestron SkGiyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars. These are excellent as well:



ANOTHER GREAT ASTRONOMICAL TOOL:

THE PLANISPHERE
A year-round, real-time sky map

planisphere star locator mapA planisphere is a rotating star chart that allows you to dial in the entire visible sky for any day and time of the year and with great precision. It has been called an analog star computer and was considered magical in ancient times.

Planispheres show the brightest stars, constellations, notable galaxies and nebulae, as well as the path of the Milky Way. The plane of the ecliptic is also shown, which reveals the pathway of the planets as they appear to move across the night sky.