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Today's Night Sky January 31st total lunar eclipse The Big Dipper Partial Eclipse of the Sun on February 15, 2018
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Venus 2018

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Our Moon from January 18th through January 21st, 45 minutes after sunset.
New Moon will be on February 15th. The second New Moon of the year is also Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog).
Blue/Totally Eclipsed Full Moon on the morning of January 31st!

The software for this image is free and can be found at http://www.stellarium.org/.
It's also great to use if you want to know what the Moon looks like three days or three years from now.
It's very easy to use! (My fireflies are rugged in all weather conditions!)

Total Eclipse of the Moon on January 31, 2018 as Seen from the United States

Graphic for each time zone...
(help yourself!)

Set the video (from Vimeo) to the highest resolution using the star button next to the volume control above.
You can download the high res video file (1920x1080) from here.

This map, for January 31, 2018 total eclipse of the Moon, will give you a better idea of the location of the dividing line between totality and partiality here in the states. This transition is at the time of moonset which runs from Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan. Atmospheric refraction can shift the line to a small degree. I placed a percentage scale from 0 to 100 showing basically how much of the Earth's shadow will be covering the Moon at moonset. Near Huntsville Alabama, for example, the Moon will be a little bit over 80% covered by the Earth's shadow. All of this will be occurring, of course, during the morning hours...yawn!


Partial Eclipse of the Sun Over South America for February 15th, 2018

A partial eclipse of the Sun will occur in the evening hours over Souh America and Antarctica on February 15, 2018 late in the afternoon. Maximum eclipse will be 59.9 % over Antarctica. All the times on the map are local times.

A Partial Eclipse of the Sun Over Antarctica February 15th, 2018

This map focuses on Antarctica. Two of the Suns, on this animated graphic, appear and disappear. The Drumont d'Urville station shows the Sun rising. At greatest eclipse, the Sun sets while the eclipse is in progress. Greatest eclipse is 59.9%.

Venus in the Evening Sky for 2018 from February through November - part 1

Venus reached superior conjunction on January 8th. That means Venus was closest to the Sun on the 8th (as seen from Earth), and after that date, Venus is returning to the evening sky for most of 2018. Each frame for each day is set for 30 minutes after sunset. Venus is magnified at each point in its orbit where the illumination of the disk is at some multiple of 10. For example, on April 23rd, Venus will be at 90% illumination (as seen from Earth). On June 1st, Venus will be at 80% and on June 30th, 70% and so on.

Mercury can be seen three times in the evening twilight this year, above the horizon, between February through November in this animation. For example, Mercury II can be seen from the middle of June till near the end of July. Mercury III shows Mercury showing up on the second week of October through most of November.

Jupiter shows up in the animation on August 19th, while Saturn appears on November 19th. I arbitrarily ended the animation on November 30th.

The Moon whisks by quite rapidly, since the animation is set for one frame per day at a rate of 24 frames per second. I have a third animation set for one frame per second, so you can see the moon phases more easily as well as how the Moon is positioned with the evening planets.

Venus in the Evening Sky for 2018 from February through November - part 2 (unmagnified)

Venus in the Evening Sky for 2018 from February through November - part 3 (slow)


The Big Dipper on June 5th as seen from Australia and USA. What a big difference!

June 5th, 2017

June 5th, 2017

A friend of mine in Australia, and I, took a picture of the Big Dipper on the same night (June 2017). Near summer twilight was interfering with me which is why my photo was brighter and blue, while late fall allowed my friend to take his photo soon after sunset. Because of the curvature of the Earth, springtime (or late fall for my friend in this case) is the only time the Big Dipper can be seen in Australia. Of course, in the northern hemisphere, the dipper can be seem all night long, all year long, because it is circumpolar. And, of course, the north star (Polaris) cannot be seen in Australia.





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Updated on January 17, 2018