January 2017 – Where to look for the planets

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Use the finder charts on this page to guide you to where to look for the planets in January 2017.

A few pointers:

  • All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The dwarf planet Pluto remains looking like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
  • Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
  • Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are prepared for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
  • Chart times are given in AEST or Australian Eastern Standard Time. Remember to change for ‘Summer Time’ if this is in force in your location.

3 January 2017 – Crescent Moon, Venus, Mars, Neptune finder chart – Early evening sky

Moon, Venus, Mars and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 8.30 pm AEST on 3 January 2016 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Astronomical twilight has already started. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Venus, Mars and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 8.30 pm AEST on Tuesday 3 January 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

6 January 2017 – Moon, Venus, Mars, Uranus and Neptune finder chart – Early evening sky

Moon, Venus, Mars, Uranus and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 8.30 pm AEST on Friday 6 January 2016 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Venus, Mars, Uranus and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 8.30 pm AEST on Friday 6 January 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

12 January 2017 – Venus, Mars and Neptune finder chart – Early evening sky

Venus, Mars and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 8.30 pm AEST on Thursday 12 January 2016 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Venus, Mars and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 8.30 pm AEST on Thursday 12 January 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

19 January 2017 – Moon, Jupiter and Spica finder chart – Late evening sky

Moon, Jupiter and Spica (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Virgo 'The Virgin') finder chart. Chart prepared for 11.30 pm AEST on Thursday 19 January 2016 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Jupiter and Spica (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Virgo ‘The Virgin’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 11.30 pm AEST on Thursday 19 January 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

20 January 2017 – Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Spica finder chart – Morning pre-dawn sky

Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Spica (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Virgo ‘The Virgin’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 4 am AEST on Friday 20 January 2017 for Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

26 January 2017 – Moon, Mercury, Saturn and Antares finder chart – Early morning sky

Moon, Mercury, Saturn and Antares finder chart. Chart prepared for 8.30 pm AEST on Thursday 26 January 2016 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Mercury, Saturn and Antares finder chart. Chart prepared for 4 am AEST on Thursday 26 January 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

 

 

 

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