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Sky Chart For The Month of January, 2019

ASTRONOMICAL BULLETIN FOR JANUARY 2019

 

The Moon

New Moon occurs on 6th at h. 6-58 I.S.T.

First Quarter occurs on 14th at h. 12-16 I.S.T.

Full Moon occurs on 21st at h. 10-46 I.S.T.

Last Quarter occurs on 28th at h. 2-40 I.S.T.

 

 

The Lunar Crescent becomes first visible after the New Moon day in the evening of 7th.

The Moon is at Apogee or farthest from the Earth on 9th and at Perigee or nearest to the Earth on 22nd.

The Moon passes about 1½º north of Venus in the early hours of 2nd, about 3° north of Jupiter on 3rd, about 3º north of Mercury on 4th, about 1º north of Saturn on 6th, about 3º south of Neptune on 11th, about 5½º south of Mars on 13th, about 5º south of Uranus in the evening of 14th, about 3º north of Jupiter in the early hours of 31st and about ½° north of Venus on 31st.

 

Eclipse

Partial Eclipse of the Sun: The phenomenon will occur on 6th January 2019. The eclipse begins at h.05-04 I.S.T. and ends at h.09-19 I.S.T. The eclipse will not be visible in India. 

Total Eclipse of the Moon: The phenomenon will occur on 21st January 2019. The eclipse begins at h.09-04 I.S.T. and ends at h.12-21 I.S.T. The eclipse will not be visible in India.

The Earth

The Earth approaches the Perihelion position in its orbit or reaches nearest to the Sun on 3rd.

The Planets

Visibility of Planets:

Mercury: The planet rises about 1 hour to ½ hour before sunrise uptp 9th of the month. Thereafter it becomes too close to the Sun to be visible for the remaining days of the month, being in Conjunction with the Sun on 30th.

Venus:  The planet is a brilliant object visible towards the eastern sky before sunrise and it rises about 3 hours after local midnight throughout the month. The planet is in Greatest Western Elongation of about 47° from the Sun on 6th.

Mars: The planet sets about 1 hour to 1½ hours before local midnight throughout the month.

Jupiter: The planet rises about 2 hours to 2½ hours before sunrise upto first quarter of the month, about 2½ hours to 3 hours before it  upto third quarter of the month and about 3 hours to 3½ hours before it for the remaining days of the month.

Saturn: The planet is too close to the Sun to be visible upto 17th of the month. Thereafter it rises about ½ hour to 1 hour before sunrise upto third quarter to the month and about 1 hour to 1½ hours before it for the remaining days of the month, being in conjunction with the Sun on 2nd.      

Uranus: The planet sets about 1 hour after local midnight time to close to it upto second quarter of the month, from close to local midnight time to ½ hour before it upto third quarter of the month and about ½ hour to 1 hour before it for the remaining days of the month. The motion of the planet becomes Direct with respect to the Earth from 7th. The planet is in Quadrature with the Sun on 19th.                      

Neptune: The planet sets after sunset throughout the month. It sets about 4½ hours to 4 hours after it upto first quarter of the month, about 4 hours to 3½ hours after it upto second quarter of the month, about 3½ hours to 3 hours after it upto third quarter of the month and about 3 hours to 2½ hours after it for the remaining days of the month.

 

Conjunction of Planets

Mercury passes about 1½° south of Saturn on 13th.

Venus passes about 8° north of Antares (Jyestha) on 16th.

Venus passes about 2½° north of Jupiter on 22nd.

 

Planets

Planets in Zodiacal Constellation

Magnitude

Mercury (Budha)

Moves from Scorpion (Vrischika) to Sagittarius (Dhanus) on 1st.

Moves from Sagittarius (Dhanus) to Capricornus (Makara) on 20th.

-0.4 to -1.5


Venus (Sukra)

Moves from Libra (Tula) to Scorpion (Vrischika) on 1st.

Moves from Scorpion (Vrischika) to Sagittarius (Dhanus) on 29th.

-4.6 to -4.7

-4.7 to -4.3

Mars (Mangala)

Remains in Pisces (Mina).

+0.4 to +0.8

Jupiter (Brihaspati)

Remains in Scorpion (Vrischika).  

-1.8 to -1.9

Saturn (Sani)

Remains in Sagittarius (Dhanus).

+0.5 to +0.6

Uranus

Remains in Aries (Mesha).

+6.0

Neptune

Remains in Aquarius (Kumbha).

+8.0

 

 

Source : : Director

Positional Astronomy Centre

India Meteorological Department

Salt Lake, Kolkata - 700 091.