What's up this month (January)

all times based on mid month


God of the see

Neptune is an early evening object, visible after dusk from about 17:45 24 degrees above the south western horizon setting at 20:53.  


Little Blue Marble

Uranus is still a good object this month, it is visible from around 17:45 and at its highest at 18:08, 49 degrees above the southern horizon and will be observable until around 22:41 when it sinks to 21 degrees above the western horizon.


Still visible in the early evening

 By mid month Saturn would have passed behind the Sun at Solar conjunction. It is not observable from Worthing this month. 


Daytime high.


Jupiter will have recently passeger behind the Sun, it will be visible in the dawn sky rising at 05:09 2 hours and 48 minutes before the Sun. However it will only get to 13 degrees above the south eastern horizon before being lost to dawn around 07:31


Good Morning Venus

Venus rises at 04:22 and can be seen at  a height of 18 degrees above the horizon to the south before fading into the dawn skies at around 07:31. Venus sets by 13:18. A keen viewer may still be able to see it with a telescope after it has faded from naked eye observing.


Mars still prominent 

Mars becomes visible after dusk by 17:07 mid month reaching its highest point of 42 degrees. it will  set at 23:19. Still moving further away from Earth it will continue to fade.

Deep Sky

Deep Sky Objects

Open Clusters:

M45 (mag 1.6) 12:46 - 05:25

M44 (mag 3.1) 18:07 - 09:48

NGC1981 (mag 4.2) 17:09 - 04:37

NGC869 (mag 3.7) all night

NGC884 (mag 3.8) all night

M47 (mag 4.4) 20:02 - 05:46

NGC884 (mag 6.1) all night

Globular Clusters:

M5 (mag 5.7) 02:23 - Dawn

M13 (mag 5.8) 23:24 - Dawn

M3 (mag 6.4) 22:05 - Dawn

M15 (mag 6.4) 07:42 - 21:52

M92 (mag 6.5) all night

M2 (mag 6.2) 08:51 - 20:50


M31 (mag 3.4) all night

NGC2232 (mag 4.2) 18:04 - 05:27

NGC2244 (mag 4.8) 17:20 - 06:20

M33 (mag 4.3) 09:37 - 04:07

M81 (mag 6.9) all night

M82 (mag 4.6) all night

M104 (mag 8.0) 00:53 - 11:04

M101 (mag 7.9) all night

M110 (mag 8.1) all night

M32 (mag 8.1) all night

M94 (mag 8.2) all night

M51 (mag 8.4) all night

NGC2403 (mag 8.4) all night

Double Stars

Seeing Double

Here are a few of the double stars to look out for this month, see if you can split them.

Albireo, Cygnus Beta star

Andromeda doubles:

Almach (Gamma Andromedae), Yellow / Blue

59 Andromodae, Blue / Blue

56 Andromodae, Yellow / Yellow / Dim

6 Trianguli, Yellow / Blue

Lambda Arietis, Yellow / Blue

Mesarthim, White / White

Cassiopeia doubles:

Iota Cassiopeiae, White / White / White

Struve 163, Orange / Blue / Blue

Eta Cassiopeiae, Yellow / Red

Burnham 1, 4x White

Struve 3053, Orange / Blue

Sigma Cassiopeiae, Blue / Blue

There are lots more...

Bright Stars

Get your bearings

These are a few of the brighter stars and their constellations.

Aldebaran, constellation Hyades

Capella, constellation Auriga

Castor & Pollux, constellation Gemini

Deneb, constellation Cygnus

Rigel, constellation Orion

Vega, constellation Lyra

Altair, constellation Aquila

Betelgeuse, constellation Orion

Procyon, constellation Canis Minor

Sirius, constellation Canis Major 

ISS Transits

International Space Station

There is website link to ISS transits on our links page

There is one Lunar transit this month visible from worthing. Date: 22-01-2019 Time: 20:06:51.23 Duration of 2.34 seconds.

There are no direct transits of the Solar disk that are visible from our area this month.


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