Weymouth Astronomy

The Night Sky - January 2019

Often stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere rarely glance below Orion's feet or below the brilliant Sirius as there are often too many distractions nearby or a lack of clear horizon obstructed by buildings, trees or hedges. Yet two constellations worth looking for are Lepus (the hare) and Canis Major (the Great Dog) which are visible in their entirety from UK latitudes. Below the stars Saiph and Rigel at Orion's base Lepus can be found. Eight of it's stars are between magnitude +3.8 and +2.5 and can climb to 15 degrees above the Southern horizon.

January also hosts a Total Eclipse of the Moon on the 21st of the month. If clear during the hours before dawn an opportunity to see a Total Eclipse of the Moon as it moves through the Earth's shadow

The Night Sky

High Lights of the Month

  • 3rd (before dawn): Jupiter below a very thin crescent Moon
  • 12th (evening): Mars above a waxing Moon
  • 21st: A Total Eclipse of the Moon
  • 31st (just before dawn): a thin crescent Moon lies between Jupiter and Venus


Information collated from Jodrell Bank and Astronomy Now magazine