ISS Pass:  Time: Fri Dec 14 5:33 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 50°, Appears: 10° above WNW, Disappears: 11° above SSE

Sidewalk Astronomy Myrtle and Lime Monrovia Saturday, sunset for 2+ hours, weather permitting. It looks like clear skies for Saturday night. Look up, if you can see the moon, then walk on down! There will be at least three telescopes out and Mojo and I are out of town.

Geminids peak today (actually best from dark sky both Friday and Saturday mornings) so good luck! Here's a great page written by our friend from the 1999-2002 Leonid Storm  observing campaign, Bob Lundsford: You will see how the rates have picked up from the 12th to the 14th, and rtes will still be nice and bright tomorrow morning, and then will start to decrease.

Lunar Eclipse Jan 20 -- from about 6:36 p.m. to 11:48 pm Pacific Time with total eclipse at 9:12 p.m. There will probably be some astronomers on hand at Library Park -- I'll let you know next month. But lunar eclipses are great to view with the unaided eye, so you can enjoy them at home, too.

Jan 21, 2019 at 02:36:29 UTC is the time in UTC so you can calculate the time in your own time zone.  Or use this handy drop down menu:

Finally some of you have asked if just because we are retiring from our day jobs (me this month, Mojo in March) will we also be retiring from sidewalk astronomy or moving way.  The answers are no and no.  We love our Old Town Sidewalk Astronomy family, our growing telescope yielding group and our many astro-fans who join us for viewing events, or read my emails.

Happy star-trails everybody!  The last "What's Up" video from me is here, but the show will go on with a new voice in January. The amazing Henry Kline will continue to produce the show from the JPL TV studio, so I'll keep sharing it with you! 


Jane Houston Jones, JPL Retiree
Astronomer, music lover, JPL retiree
My Final What's Up Astronomy podcast #138: Dec 2018  
Jane’s finale. An awesome comet
All 138 What’s Ups since 2007: