Hi everyone. Our next sidewalk astronomy event will be January 27th
followed by February 24th. Right now there are no evening planets to
view in the evening sky so it will be a chance to focus on the moon
(which I love showing more even that the planets). I always bring some
excellent moon maps (but you have to ask for them) and the famous NASA
moon lithograph, which are at all telescopes.
Just a few days later on the morning of January 31st (unfortunately a
work/school night) we will have a lunar eclipse.. My monthly What's Up
video covers the eclipse.
In a nutshell: Eclipse starts 2:51 am. January 31st. Totality 4:51 am
to 6:07 am. Moon sets 6:55 am before partial eclipse is complete from
California. We will be able to see total phase lasting 1 hour 16
minutes, but it will be extremely low to the western horizon, so anyone
with trees or mountains to their west will need to get to a flat area…..
Then the moon sets before the end of the eclipse. Watch from 2:51 am
until totality is underway about 5 am if you can. If not there will be
images on our sidewalk astronomers facebook page (link below) afterwards.
The earlier partial phase will be higher in the sky, so depending on
your preference and Wednesday work schedule, try for part of it. No, we
will not be at Library Park between 2 am and dawn, sorry! Find a good
western horizon and enjoy!!
As always, all our dates are on our :
Plus you can always ask a question by email sidewalk(a)otastro.org
See you soon under the bright lights and moon in Monrovia!! Jane (and
happy birthday Mojo January 18h, and our anniversary January 15th!) Jane
Jane Houston Jones
What's Up January:
Quadrantids Jan 3-4, lunar eclipse Jan 30th, start watching Mars!
NEW! FB Watch adds What’s Up video! https://www.facebook.com/NASAWhatsUp/