Sky Watch: January 2016

December 31, 2015
Sky Watch

Taken at Tompkins

Barbara Skinner

Welcome to the January 2016 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s night sky highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets. 

Sky Watch January 2016

by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)

What’s up in January Here are the highlights:

  • Mercury is not hard to spot on the first few days of 2016 in the evening sky, embedded in twilight.
  • Mars, in Virgo, rises around 2 A.M. and dangles below the Moon on the 3rd.
  • At dawn on the 7th, the waning crescent hovers left of Venus and Saturn. These two planets are closest together the following two mornings and best seen 40 minutes before sunrise.
  • The crescent Moon stands just above Mercury on the 10th.
  • In the evening on the 19th, the Moon dramatically occults (blocks) the bright orange star Aldebaran.
  • Jupiter rises before midnight on the Leo/Virgo border and hovers above the Moon on the 27th.

For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac—just released!

Sky Map January 2016

skymap_january2016_0.pngUse our Sky Maps (Star Charts) to locate the stars, planets, and other objects in the sky. 

We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you’re seeing when you look up!

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The 2016 Old Farmer's Almanac

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