Falling stars, planets, the moon: what to see in the sky in January 2022?

It’s go again ! A new year of sky observations has opened. Here are which astronomical shows to start off well in January 2022.

2021 is over! A cycle of astronomical observations has ended, a new one begins. From this month of January, you can enjoy the heavenly shows that 2022 has to offer.

Here is what you can admire with the naked eye throughout the first month of the year.

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The phases of the moon

New to astronomy? Start with the Moon! The natural terrestrial satellite is certainly a familiar star, but are you familiar with the formations on its visible side that can be seen with the naked eye or with binoculars? You can also quite simply follow its different phases during the month.

  • the Sunday January 2, it is the time of the new moon. It is not visible in the sky.
  • the Sunday January 9, admire the first quarter of the Moon (a half-moon). The star is in eastern quadrature.
  • the Tuesday, January 18, it is the full moon. Its entire face visible from Earth is illuminated by the Sun.
  • Finally, the Tuesday 25 January, we find a half-moon, the last quarter this time. The Moon is in West quadrature.

Planets visible to the naked eye

No instrument needed to take advantage of these planets of the solar system in January 2022. Here are the constellations in which and at what time to look for them.

MercureVenusMarsJupiterSaturn
From 1st to 9th5:10 p.m. – 6 p.m. Capricorninvisible7h30 – 8h40 Ophiuchus5:10 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Aquarius5:10 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. Capricorn
From 10 to 165:20 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. Capricorn8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Sagittarius7h30 – 8h40 Ophiuchus5:20 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. Aquarius5:20 p.m. 8:10 p.m. Capricorn
From 17 to 235:30 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. Capricorn7.40 a.m. – 8.30 a.m. Sagittarius7:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Sagittarius5:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. Aquarius5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Capricorn
From 24 to 31invisible7:10 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Sagittarius7:20 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Sagittarius5:40 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. Aquariusinvisible

Other astronomical phenomena

Other astronomical shows are planned for January 2022.

  • The evening of Saturday January 1, Venus, Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter are aligned.
  • Comet C / 2021 Leonard is at perihelion on monday 3 january, but it is not certain that it can be seen easily with the naked eye.
  • In the night of Monday January 3 to Tuesday 4, it is the maximum of the Quadrantids, a swarm of shooting stars. The Moon is absent, which is ideal. Prefer pre-dawn viewing, if possible.
  • The evening of Tuesday 4 January, the Moon is approaching Mercury and Saturn.
  • the Wednesday 5 January, take advantage of the twilight to see the ash light on the Moon.
  • the monday 10 january, Mercury and Saturn are in conjunction in the evening.
  • the saturday 29 january, the Moon is not far from Mars and Venus. Meet in the morning to see them.
Falling stars, planets, the moon: what to see in the sky in January 2022?
Rain of the Quadrantides, in 2012. // Source: Flickr/CC/Donovan Shortey (photo recadrée)

Good observations from the sky, and happy new year 2022!

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