CLEAR DARK SKIES
for the New Year from all at
LIVERPOOL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY.
Society News Headlines
- Jan 1st – Start of the New Millennium.
- Jan 1st – 200th anniversary (1801) of Guiseppe Piazzi’s discovery of the first astroid (Ceres).
- Jan 3rd – Max for the Quadrantids Meteor shower.
- Jan 3rd – Earth at Perihelion (0.983 AU).
- Jan 6th – Moon is 2° South of Saturn.
- Jan 6th – Moon is 3° South of Jupiter.
- Jan 6th – Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak at Perihelion (1.052 AU).
- Jan 6th – Comet Ashbrook-Jackson at Perihelion (2.305 AU).
- Jan 9th – Total Lunar Eclipse Liverpool early evening. seen from
- Jan 9th – Lunar Eclipse special meeting at LAS Pex Hill Observatory.
- Jan 15th – STARDUST spacecraft flyby of Earth.
- Jan 15th – Comet Smirnova-Chernykh at Perihelion (3.546 AU).
- Jan 17th – Venus at greatest elongation from the Sun -47° East (Evening).
- Jan 17th – Moon 3° North of Mars.
- Jan 18th – Planned launch of space shuttle Atlantis on STS-98 ISS/5A mission.
- Jan 19th – LAS Monthly Meeting at RC Catherdral Crypt Concert Room.
- Jan 24th – 15th anniversary (1986) Voyager 2 flyby of Uranus.
- Jan 26th – Moon 3° South of Mercury.
- Jan 26th – LASSA event at Leasowe lighthouse, Holylake, Wirral 7:30pm – 9:30pm.
- Jan 27th – Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 at perihelion (0.937 AU).
- Jan 27th – Comet C/2000 O1 (Koehn) at perihelion (5.922 AU).
- Jan 28th – 15th Anniversary (1986) of space shuttle challenger explosion.
- Jan 28th – Moon 6° south of Venus.
- Jan 28th – Mercury at greatest elongation from the Sun – 18° East (evening)
- Jan 31st – 30th anniversary (1971) of the Apollo 14 launch – 3rd manned Moon landing.
THE NIGHT SKY DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2001
The Sun and Moon
All times are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) For Observer in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, U.K.
Latitude 53 degs 24 mins North.
Longitude +3.0 degs West.
1st 6th 11th 16th 21st 26th 31st SUNRISE 08:27 08:26 08:24 08:19 08:13 08:06 07:59 SUNSET 16:04 16:10 16:17 16:25 16:34 16:44 16:53
|PHASES OF THE MOON DURING JANUARY 2001|
Total Lunar Eclipse on 2001 January 9th
THE PLANETS THIS MONTH.
Mercury is at its greatest Eastern elongation on the 28th at an angle of 18° from the Sun. From the 21st look low down in the South West using this TABLEand the Moon and Venus as guides for location. On the 26th the Moon and Mercury are 3.5° apart. Mercury’s phase changes from a 79% gibbous with an apparent diameter of 5.9″ on the 21st to a 16% crescent on February 5th. Its brightness diminishes accordingly throughout the appartion from -0.9 to +3.0 so the best chance of sighting it will be between Jan 21st and 31st.
Venus is superbly placed in the evening sky and is by far the frist object (apart from the Moon) to become visible soon after Sunset. Venus reaches greatest Eastern elongation on the 17th at an angle of 47° with a phase of exactly 50% and sports a disk 25″ across. On the 28th at 19hrs Venus is a wide 6.5° North of the moon.
Mars is purely an early morning object now and for the next few months.
- No asteroids are well placed at the moment.
For More information on Asteroids Click Here.
Unusually, there is no opposition of Jupiter this year. Last year it was on November 28th and the next one won’t be until January 1st 2002. However Jupiter is well placed in the evening sky in Taurus.
Launched in October 1989, the Galileo Jupiter Probe entered orbit around the great planet on December 7th 1995. The Project Galileo Homepage will give you up-to-date information and the very latest images returned.
Saturn joins Jupiter in the evening sky in Taurus. Saturn is less bright and to Jupiter’s upper right.
URANUS and NEPTUNE.
Both Uranus and Neptune are at or near solar conjunction and are unfavorable for observations until June.
Pluto will be out of view until after April in morning skies.
- January 4th Quadrantids ZHR is 80 per hour. ( Fairly favourable)
- January 6th – Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak at Perihelion (1.052 AU).
- January 6th – Comet Ashbrook-Jackson at Perihelion (2.305 AU).
- January 15th – Comet Smirnova-Chernykh at Perihelion (3.546 AU).
- January 27th – Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 at Perihelion (0.937 AU).
- January 27th – Comet C/2000 01 (Koehn) at Perihelion. (5.922 AU).
Plus these pages will give daily and weekly reports of this and other Comets progress.
- BAA Comet Section Home Page
- Comet Web Sites.
- NASA/JPL Comet Observations Home Page.
- The Astronomer Comet Page.
There are several occultations during the total lunar eclipse on the 9th, the brightest being at 20:29 when 63 Geminorum is only just occulted from the latitude of Liverpool. Observes at latitudes lower than +53.4° may see the Moon pass just North of the Star. Full details of the stars which are occulted is given on pages 7-8 of the 2001 LAS Astronomical Events Booklet.