Planets spark in the morning sky

Star Gazing

Planets spark in the morning skyBy ROGER BROWER

The China Lake Astronomical Society will host its first meeting of the New Year on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. 2019 calendars and handbooks will be available.

There are no star parties scheduled until March.

JANUARY CELESTIAL CALENDAR

1. Jupiter rises in the morning sky after 5 a.m. and can be seen in the southeast all month.

2. Venus rises in the morning sky after 3:30 a.m. where it is also in the southeast.

3. Saturn moves to the morning sky, but can be seen only low in the southeast the last few days of the month.

4. Mercury is also in the morning sky but can be seen only the first two days of the month very low in the southeast.

5. Mars remains in the evening sky. It can be seen in the southwest until it sets about 11 p.m.

6. The big event for this month is the total lunar eclipse, which occurs on the evening of Jan. 20. It starts at 7:10 p.m. and ends at 11:15 p.m. with mid eclipse at 9:12 p.m.

For more information, call 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2019-01-04