FOX23 Sky Watch: What to see in the skies over Green Country

FOX23 Sky Watch: What to see in the skies over Green Country

Quick Facts:

  • Mars visible in the evening sky
  • Mercury visible in the evening
  • Look below for updated ISS viewing times

FOX23 Sky Watch provides weekly updates on what you can see in the night skies over Green Country. Certified Meteorologist Laura Mock lets you know when and where to look and how to best see some of the night sky’s best shows. Information about International Space Stations viewing times, the best meteor showers, spotting planets, or when the moon will be big and bright. FOX23 Sky Watch airs every Friday in the 9 PM Newscast and again Saturday mornings. Look below for details on night sky events coming up.

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FOX23 Sky Watch January 22

International Space Station times

(ISS viewings lower than 25° or visible less than 2 min not included)

  • Sunday, January 17: Time: 6:36 PM, Visible: 4 minutes, Max height: 33° Appears: southwest, disappears: east
  • Tuesday, January 19: Time: 6:38 PM, Visible: 3 minutes, Max height: 66° Appears: southwest, disappears: northeast

The International Space Station will look like a bright star. Its brightness will be constant, not twinkling. Even though it will look like a star, it will be moving steadily across the sky. A max height is given with each ISS viewing opportunity. It’s given in degrees of the sky from the horizon. Directly overhead is 90° and right at the horizon is 0°.

Moon phases

  • Full Moon: Thursday, January 28
  • Third Quarter: Thursday, February 4
  • New Moon: Thursday, February 11

Look for Uranus

Uranus is not easily spotted. It is smaller than Jupiter and Saturn and much farther away. On January 20th, Uranus will be very close to Mars in our skies making it a perfect opportunity to look for the blue-green planet. Look left of the moon high in the sky. You should be able to spot Mars easily. Uranus will be just below Mars. A telescope will help you see the planet better.

Mercury in the evening sky

Since Mercury is much closer to the Sun, it is only ever visible near sunrise or sunset. This month, Mercury is visible just after sunset in the western sky. Mercury will be at it’s greatest elongation on January 23rd. This means it is at its furthest point from the Sun (at least from our perspective from Earth). This makes late January one of the best times to look for the planet.

Mars staying bright

After sunset, Mars can be seen almost directly overhead. Rising high in the sky through the night, the red planet will be one of the brightest objects in the evening sky.

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FOX23 Severe WeatherTeam James Aydelott Michael Seger Megan McClellan Laura Mock Michael Grogan