January 17, 2018
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TODAY'S RISE AND SET
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SUNRISE

7:09 A.M.

MOONRISE

7:24 A.M.

SUNSET

4:40 P.M.

MOONSET

5:23 P.M.

JANUARY SKY EVENTS

What’s up in January? SKY WATCH. The year begins auspiciously with a full Moon on the 1st that is also the closest Moon of 2018—a so-called “Supermoon.” Two days later, on January 3, Earth arrives at its annual near point to the Sun, perihelion. Venus is invisible at superior conjunction on the 9th, but Jupiter, in Libra, is brilliant and up in the east at dawn. The Giant Planet hovers wonderfully close to medium-bright Mars from the 5th to the 8th; they are closest together on the 6th and 7th, and visible after 4:00 A.M. The crescent Moon joins Jupiter and Mars on the 11th. What a beautiful sight! The year’s only eclipse for North America is a lunar totality just before dawn on the 31st. Its total phase can be seen west of the Mississippi and from western Canada.

MOON PHASES FOR THIS WEEK

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FULL MOON NAMES

January

Full Wolf Moon

February

Full Snow Moon

March

Full Worm Moon

April

Full Pink Moon

May

Full Flower Moon

June

Full Strawberry Moon

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FASCINATING FACT

Stellar black holes were once huge stars that later collapsed inward due to the force of their own gravity. Supermassive black holes may have formed from the collapse of many stars or giant gas clouds.

This month:

FULL WOLF
MOON

Full Moon: Full Moon: January 1, 9:24 P.M. (Eastern Time)

January is the month of the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon. This year, there is a second full Moon: January 31, 8:27 A.M. It's a Blue Moon!

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SEASONS

For centuries, people have watched the sky for the changes of seasons and then celebrated with colorful rituals.

Tell Us how you celebrate the different seasons?

Solstices and Equinoxes

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Travel in Time
Visit these ancient seasonal markers:

Stonehenge, England

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Chichén Itzá Mexico

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 Exploratorium

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CATCH SATURN'S RINGS

Saturn will be especially visible in 2031. Click here if you can't wait.

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Once Upon a Moon...

What image do you see in the full Moon?
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GIANT JUPITER

Jupiter’s surface is covered clouds of many colors--red, brown, yellow, and white! The clouds move in light and dark bands around the planet. See Jupiter rotating!

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Did You Know?
On a clear night look up at the sky and connect some stars to create an original constellation. Make up a story about it and share it with other kids.Tell Us


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