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The First Quarter Moon is Thursday January 18. Saturn is low in the west when twilight ends. Jupiter is highest around nautical twilight and is now well visible in the early evening
sky. Venus is visible in the morning twilight above Mercury. Mars climbs higher in the morning twilight. The Moon is close to Jupiter on the 18th. The moon occults the Pleiades on the 20th (best in Western and Central Australia).

the First Quarter Moon is Thursday January 18.

Evening
sky on Saturday, January 20 as seen from Adelaide at 21:34 ACDST (60 minutes after sunset), Saturn is low above the western horizon . 

 

 

 

   

Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent
local time (60 minutes after sunset).     

Evening sky on Thursday, January 18 as seen from Adelaide at 22:13 ACDST (90 minutes after sunset). Jupiter is above the north-western horizon and near the first quarter Moon.  The inset is the telescopic view at this time.

    

Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset).    

Morning
sky on Saturday, January 20 as seen from Adelaide at 05:19 ACDST, (60
minutes before sunrise, click to embiggen). Venus is beginning to lower
in the morning twilight with Mercury below. Mars is rising on the horizon

The inset is the telescopic view of Venus at
this time.

    

Similar views will be seen from the rest of Australia at the equivalent local time (60 minutes before sunrise).

 

Evening sky on Saturday, January 20 as seen from Perth at 21:13 AWST, (click
to embiggen). The moon is just about to cover the star 17 tau (Electra). The inset is the binocular view of the moon at this time. 

about 50 minutes later the moon will cover the bright star Merope, followed by the brightest star Alcyone 45 minutes later.

From Adelaide 17 tau is covered at 23:21 ACDST, followed by Merope 40 minutes later then Alcyone 30 minutes after that.

From Brisbane, only 17 Tau is covered at 00:37 AEST on the 21st

From Darwin, Merope is covered at 00:18 ACST on the 21st, followed by Alcyone .

From Melbourne, only 17 Tau is covered at 00:48 AEDST on the 21st

From Hobart, only 17 Tau is covered at 00:48 AEDST on the 21st

 

 

 

Whole sky on Saturday, January as seen from Adelaide at 22:15 ACDST, 90 minutes after sunset (click
to embiggen). Saturn is setting in the west, and Jupiter is high in the north-west.Orion is almost due north. Bright Sirius is high in  the eastern sky. Between the bright star
Canopus and the Southern Cross are a wealth of binocular objects to
discover. Th waxing Moon will make them harder to see though.

 

   

 Elsewhere
in Australia will see a similar view at the equivalent time (90 minutes after sunset).

 

 

Mercury is now in the morning twilight. It will be at its highest on the 13th

Venus is in the morning twilight, it will now sink towards the horizon but will remain easily visible for all of January.

Mars is low in the morning twilight. 

Jupiter is highest around nautical twilight and is now well visible in the early evening sky. Jupiter is close to the Moon on the 18th.

Saturn is past opposition but is now a difficult telescopic object low in the west. The crescent Moon is close to Saturn on the 14th.

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