Mars changes its motion this week up in the sky
(WHSV) - After 2023 started off with a bang, things quiet down this week up in the sky.
MARS CHANGES MOTION
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 9||7:32 am||5:12 pm||9 hrs, 40 mins|
|Jan 10||7:32 am||5:13 pm||9 hrs, 41 mins|
|Jan 11||7:32 am||5:14 pm||9 hrs, 42 mins|
|Jan 12||7:32 am||5:15 pm||9 hrs, 43 mins|
|Jan 13||7:32 am||5:16 pm||9 hrs, 44 mins|
|Jan 14||7:31 am||5:17 pm||9 hrs, 46 mins|
|Jan 15||7:31 am||5:18 pm||9 hrs, 47 mins|
ISS VIEWING (MOST VIEWABLE)
|Sat Jan 14, 6:45 pm||2 min||23°||10° above S||23° above SE|
|Sun Jan 15, 6:07 am||2 min||15°||10° above WSW||28° above WSW|
NEXT MOON PHASES
|Moon Phases||Date and Time|
|Third Quarter Moon||January 14th, 9:10 pm|
|New Moon||January 21st, 3:53 pm|
|First Quarter Moon||January 28th, 10:18 am|
|Full Moon||February 5th, 1:28 pm|
CURRENT PLANET VIEWING OPPORTUNITIES
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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