A Lonely New Moon in the Evening Twilight


January 12th, 2016

Tonight presents a good opportunity to see Earthshine, when the whole of the Moon is visible. This month, the Moon is passing through the faint stars of Aquarius and unseen Neptune lies nearby.

You’ll need at least binoculars or a telescope to see that distant planet, but some of Aquarius’s stars may be visible in the evening twilight.

Of the other planets, there are five that can be easily seen with just the unaided eye. Four of those, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, can be seen in the pre-dawn sky and although Mercury is currently hidden from view, it should be joining them by the end of the month.

Unfortunately, until the Moon makes its way across the sky to visit those planets, it must make it’s journey alone.

Adapted from 2016: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom) and 2016: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.)


All Astronomical Events for January 12th, 2016

21:18 UT – Asteroid 2 Pallas is in conjunction with the Sun. (Pallas: Magnitude 10.2. Aquila, not visible.)

Good opportunity to see Earthshine on the waxing crescent Moon. (Aquarius, evening sky.)

The constellation Canis Minor (the Little Dog) culminates at midnight tonight. (All night.)

The bright star Castor culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 2.0. Gemini, all night.)


Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here. Night sky simulations created using Mobile Observatory for Android devices.

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