This year's special events in the sky
at the Sun either with the unaided eye or through binoculars or telescope is EXTREMELY
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The Moon is ideal for viewing in the week centred on the First Quarter phase, both regarding the sights presented and the most convenient time for observing (evenings). In addition, it is nearly overhead at sunset. First Quarter in 2019 will occur on the following dates:
2019: January 14; February 13; March 14; April 13; May 13; June 10; July 09; August 08; September 06; October 06; November 04; December 04.
Eclipses in 2019:
TOTAL, JANUARY 21: From Queensland's Sunshine Coast, this total eclipse will occur during daylight hours, when the Full Moon will be below the horizon. It will end an hour before the Moon rises.
PARTIAL, JULY 17: The Moon will enter the Earth's penumbra at 4:44 am, but initially the darkening of the northern hemisphere of the Moon will be hardly noticeable. The umbral phase of this eclipse begins at 6:02 am, and this phase is very obvious. The maximum phase (when only two-thirds of the Moon will be eclipsed) will occur at 7:31 am. The Moon will have set at 6:38 am, so only the first half-hour of the eclipse will be visible from Nambour, and a very low west-south-western horizon will be imperative.
PENUMBRAL, JANUARY 11, 2020: It is hard to detect when the Moon is close to the horizon (as this event will be) that a penumbral eclipse is in progress. The diminution in brightness is very slight. The eclipse will begin at 3:08 am and the Moon will set at 5:05 am, two minutes before mid-eclipse occurs.
The next total lunar eclipse visible from Australia's eastern seaboard will occur on 26 May 2021, nicely timed to begin soon after sunset and end just before midnight. Mid-eclipse will occur at 9:19 pm.
PARTIAL, JANUARY 06: This eclipse of the Sun will not be visible from Queensland's Sunshine Coast, as its path crosses the north-western Pacific Ocean.
TOTAL, JULY 03: This eclipse of the Sun will not be visible from Queensland's Sunshine Coast as it occurs when the Sun is below our horizon. Totality will be visible from islands in the south-east Pacific.
ANNULAR, DECEMBER 26: This eclipse of the Sun will not be visible from Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Its track begins near Dubai, crosses the Arabian Sea, south India, Sri Lanka, the Bay of Bengal, Sumatra, Singapore, Borneo, south of Mindanao and ends near the Pacific island of Guam. A partial eclipse can be observed from Western Australia and the Northern Territory, north-west of a line joining Geraldton to Darwin.
Observers on Queensland's Sunshine Coast will not see a partial eclipse of the Sun until April 20, 2023. The next total solar eclipse visible from parts of Australia will occur at 12:56 pm on July 22, 2028, the eclipse track running from Wyndham through Alice Springs to Birdsville and then Sydney, before crossing the Tasman Sea to Dunedin in New Zealand's South Island.
The Planets in 2019:
January 30: Superior conjunction
February 25: Perihelion
February 27: Greatest elongation from Sun in evening sky (18
March 06: Eastern stationary point
March 15: Inferior conjunction
March 28: Western stationary point
April 10: Aphelion
April 12: Greatest elongation from Sun in morning sky (27
May 21: Superior conjunction
May 24: Perihelion
June 24: Greatest elongation from Sun in evening sky (25
July 07: Aphelion
July 08: Eastern stationary point
July 21: Inferior conjunction
August 01: Western stationary point
August 10: Greatest elongation from Sun in morning sky (19
August 20: Perihelion
September 04: Superior conjunction
October 03: Aphelion
October 20: Greatest elongation from Sun in evening sky (24
November 01: Eastern stationary point
November 12: Inferior conjunction
November 16: Perihelion
November 21: Western stationary point
November 28: Greatest elongation from Sun in morning sky (19
December 30: Aphelion
January 11, 2020: Superior conjunction
Venus: January 06: Greatest elongation from Sun in morning sky (46
April 18: Aphelion
August 08: Perihelion
August 14: Superior conjunction
November 29: Aphelion
March 20, 2020: Perihelion
March 24, 2020: Greatest elongation from Sun in evening sky (46
May 13, 2020: Eastern stationary point
June 04, 2020: Inferior conjunction
From January to early July, Venus will dominate the eastern pre-dawn sky as a 'Morning Star'. At the beginning of the year it will appear as a little 'half-Moon', in March and April it will be smaller but gibbous, and in May and early June it will appear like a little Full Moon. It will leave the pre-dawn sky in mid-August and will move to the western twilight sky as an 'Evening Star', becoming noticeable in October and dominating the sky by November.
December 2018 January 2019 August 2019 March 2020 May 2020
Mars:January 01: - (angular diameter = 7.0")
Jupiter:March 14: Western quadrature
Saturn:January 2: Conjunction
Uranus:January 07: Eastern stationary point
Uranus begins 2019 in the constellation of Pisces, and will cross into Aries on February 6. It will take over five years to cross Aries, entering Taurus on May 17, 2024.
Neptune:March 7: Conjunction
Neptune spends the whole of 2019 in Aquarius, near the eastern boundary with Pisces. It will remain in Aquarius until April 21, 2022.
Pluto:January 11: Conjunction
Pluto spends all of 2019 in Sagittarius. It will not move out of this constellation until March 1, 2023.
February 8: Alpha-Centaurids
April 22: Lyrids
The 3.9 metre Anglo-Australian Telescope near Coonabarabran, NSW
The main Constellations visible at about 8.00 pm each month, from the horizon to the zenith:
Hydra, Canis Minor, Canis Major, Puppis
South: Crux, Musca, Carina, Vela, Pavo
West: Aquarius, Capricornus, Pisces, Grus, Piscis Austrinus, Phoenix, Cetus, Eridanus
North: Aries, Perseus, Taurus, Auriga, Gemini, Orion
East:Leo, Crater, Corvus, Hydra, Canis Major, Puppis
Virgo, Libra, Lupus, Centaurus, Corvus, Crater, Hydra, Crux, Musca, Vela
South: Triangulum Australe, Toucan, Carina, Puppis
West: Phoenix, Cetus, Eridanus, Taurus, Orion, Canis Major
North: Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Canis Minor
Bootes, Libra, Scorpius, Virgo, Centaurus, Lupus, Ara, Crux, Musca, Corvus
South: Triangulum Australe, Pavo, Carina, Vela
West: Eridanus, Orion, Gemini, Canis Minor, Canis Major, Puppis
North: Cancer, Ursa Major, Leo, Crater, Hydra
Corona Borealis, Serpens, Ophiuchus, Sagittarius, Libra, Scorpius, Ara,
South: Indus, Pavo, Triangulum Australe, Crux, Musca, Carina
West: Canis Major, Canis Minor, Cancer, Puppis, Hydra
North: Ursa Major, Leo, Coma Berenices,Bootes, Virgo, Crater, Corvus
Ophiuchus, Capricornus, Sagittarius, Scorpius
South: Pavo, Triangulum Australe, Ara, Lupus, Crux, Musca
West: Hydra, Leo, Carina, Vela, Puppis, Crater, Corvus
North: Coma Berenices, Bootes, Corona Borealis, Hercules, Virgo, Serpens, Libra
Aquarius, Delphinus, Grus, Capricornus, Aquila, Sagittarius, Scorpius
South: Carina, Musca, Crux, Ara, Triangulum Australe, Centaurus
West: Hydra, Crater, Corvus, Virgo, Vela, Libra
North: Bootes, Corona Borealis, Hercules, Lyra, Ophiuchus, Serpens
Aquarius, Phoenix, Piscis Austrinus, Grus, Sagittarius
South: Eridanus, Musca, Crux, Triangulum Australe
West: Corvus, Virgo, Bootes, Libra, Centaurus, Ara, Lupus, Scorpius
North: Corona Borealis, Hercules, Lyra, Cygnus, Delphinus, Aquila
Pisces, Cetus, Eridanus, Phoenix, Piscis Austrinus, Grus, Aquarius,
South: Crux, Musca, Triangulum Australe, Pavo
West: Centaurus, Libra, Serpens, Ophiuchus, Scorpius, Lupus, Ara
North: Lyra, Cygnus, Pegasus, Delphinus, Aquila
Eridanus, Cetus, Aries, Piscis Austrinus
South: Hydrus, Centaurus, Musca, Triangulum Australe, Ara, Pavo, Grus
West: Lupus, Scorpius, Ophiuchus, Sagittarius, Aquila, Capricornus
North: Cygnus, Delphinus, Pegasus, Andromeda, Aquarius
Taurus, Eridanus, Cetus, Phoenix
South: Carina, Musca, Triangulum Australe, Pavo
West: Scorpius, Sagittarius, Aquila, Delphinus, Capricornus, Grus, Piscis Austrinus
North: Pegasus, Andromeda, Aries, Pisces, Cetus, Aquarius
Taurus, Orion, Canis Major, Puppis, Carina, Eridanus
South: Carina, Musca, Pavo
West: Capricornus, Aquarius, Grus, Piscis Austrinus, Phoenix
North: Pegasus, Andromeda, Aries, Perseus, Cetus
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