Watch for Jupiter, Saturn this month

Star-Gazing

By ROGER BROWER

The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting Monday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. Although the society will not resume star parties until March, 2018 calendars and handbooks will be available at the meeting.

JANUARY CELESTIAL CALENDAR

1. Jupiter rises in the southeast at about 3 a.m. on Jan. 1 and at about 1:30 a.m. on Jan 31.

2. Venus remains behind the sun all month.

3. Saturn is also in the morning sky where it rises in the southeast about 90 minutes before the sun at the start of the month and about three hours before the sun at the end of the month.

4. Mercury moves back to the morning sky where it is visible low in the southeast by the end of the month.

5. Mars also rises about the same time as Jupiter in the southeast in the morning sky. On Jan. 6 they are only about 1/3 degree apart. On the morning of Jan. 11, the pair are joined by the crescent moon.

6. The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on the night of Jan. 3, but the nearly full moon will wipe out all but the brightest meteors.

7. On Jan. 31 there will be a total eclipse of the moon. However, for us, it will happen in the morning sky. Totality starts at 4:51 a.m. and ends at 6:08 a.m.

For more information visit www.chinalakeastrosoc.org or call 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2018-01-05