January Star Charts
These January horizon star charts have been prepared for an observer located on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. If you are located North of the Gold Coast, stars shown on the Northern horizon chart will be located higher in the sky and stars shown on the Southern horizon chart will be lower in the sky or not visible at all. If you are located South of the Gold Coast, the opposite will apply.
The charts have been prepared for 9 pm AEST. Add one hour if your location is following ‘Summer Time’.
Looking North at 9 pm AEST
Looking East at 9 pm AEST
Looking South at 9 pm AEST
Looking West at 9 pm AEST
The charts have been created using the highly recommended freeware astronomy program Stellarium. Each monthly set of charts has been prepared for after the end of astronomical twilight in each month concerned. This will mean you have a completely dark sky – assuming you are away from street lights and the Moon is not visible.
I have only provided horizon charts. My experience is that these provide the best way for someone new to the hobby of astronomy to begin to become familiar with the sky. The horizon provides a great reference point for you to look up from. Once you are ready to move on from using these charts, I suggest you install Stellarium on your computer or the highly recommended Sky Safari app on your tablet or phone.
Finally, no planets are shown on the charts. This allows the charts to be useful for the next hundred years. If you happen to view a ‘star’ in the sky that is not shown on a particular chart, you will have ‘discovered’ a planet or if you are really lucky, a supernova!