Mars changes its motion this week up in the sky

The first full moon of the year rising over CrossKeys Vineyards
The first full moon of the year rising over CrossKeys Vineyards(Wanda Kite)
Published: Dec. 25, 2022 at 11:48 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 8, 2023 at 11:26 PM EST
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(WHSV) - After 2023 started off with a bang, things quiet down this week up in the sky.


The only significant event this week is Mars changing its motion up in the sky. Right now, Mars is moving more westward on a nightly basis relative to other objects in the sky. Wednesday night, that motion changes to an eastward motion on a nightly basis. Mars currently rises up with the Northern Taurus star cluster but starting Wednesday, Mars will start rising up closer and closer to the star Aldebaran and move away from the Northern Taurus and Pleiades star clusters.


This week, we will gain 8 minutes of daylight. By January 16th, we will be up to 9 hours and 48 minutes of daylight and down to 14 hours and 12 minutes of nighttime. Sunrises start to move earlier as sunrise moves back one minute to 7:31 am and sunsets will move from 5:12 pm to 5:19 pm.

Daily Sunrise/Sunset Times this week:

Jan 97:32 am5:12 pm9 hrs, 40 mins
Jan 107:32 am5:13 pm9 hrs, 41 mins
Jan 117:32 am5:14 pm9 hrs, 42 mins
Jan 127:32 am5:15 pm9 hrs, 43 mins
Jan 137:32 am5:16 pm9 hrs, 44 mins
Jan 147:31 am5:17 pm9 hrs, 46 mins
Jan 157:31 am5:18 pm9 hrs, 47 mins


DateVisibleMax HeightAppearsDisappears
Sat Jan 14, 6:45 pm2 min23°10° above S23° above SE
Sun Jan 15, 6:07 am2 min15°10° above WSW28° above WSW


Moon PhasesDate and Time
Third Quarter MoonJanuary 14th, 9:10 pm
New MoonJanuary 21st, 3:53 pm
First Quarter MoonJanuary 28th, 10:18 am
Full MoonFebruary 5th, 1:28 pm


Venus: In the southwestern sky at sunset, limited viewing. sets in the southwest before 7 pm

Mars: In the eastern sky at sunset, visible most of the night, sets in the northwest after 4:30 am

Jupiter: In the south-southwestern sky at sunset, sets around 11 pm in the west

Saturn: In the southwestern sky at sunset, limited viewing, sets in the western sky before 8 pm.

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