TEMPUS FUGIT = TIME FLIES.

The SUN is in the astrological sign of AQUARIUS the WATER BEARER. The ruling planet of this sign is both URANUS and JUPITER.

The Sun entered the Sign of AQUARIUS, on JANUARY 20 at 02h 39 UT

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2022.

SCARBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, U.K.

 

TIME'S PACES 

'When, as a child, I laughed and wept, time crept.

When, as a youth, I dreamt and talked, time walked.

When I became a full grown man, time ran.

When, older still, I daily grew, time flew.

Soon I shall find, on travelling on, time gone.

O Christ! Wilt Thou have saved me then?

Amen.

Some lines written on a clock in the Cathedral Church of Christ and The Blessed Virgin Mary, Chester, U.K. It is attached to the clock case in the north transept of the cathedral and was written by Henry Twells (1823 - 1900).

 

And Twells' ORIGINAL VERSION:

 

When as a child I laughed and wept,
Time crept.
When as a youth I waxed more bold,
Time strolled.
When I became a full grown man,
Time ran.
When older still I daily grew,
Time flew.
Soon I shall find, in passing on,
Time gone.
O Christ! wilt Thou have saved me then?
Amen.

 

THE CLOCK OF LIFE.

The clock of life is wound but once

And no man has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop

At late or early hour.

Now, is the only time you own,

Live, love, toil with a will.

Place no faith in "tomorrow" for

The clock may then be still.

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The JANUARY NIGHT SKY, 2022. Any planetary positions shown are correct for the end of the month. This chart shows the whole sky

 

 This is an educational site (I was, and am a teacher!), which is updated daily. I invite you to download any of the material you find here. Please feel free to download any of the content, which could be of use, or of interest to you. That is what this 'SKYNOTES' website is here for, after all! 

Therefore:

Welcome to jonvran.co.uk, John's simple astronomy site where you will find information about what is happening in the night sky from the point of view of Scarborough in the United kingdom, latitude 54 deg. 17 minutes north, longitude 00 deg. 25 minutes west,(situated on the east coast, midway between London and Edinburgh, and also mainland Britain); as well as what I hope are other interesting bits and pieces, of use to everyone.

Historically, these 'Skynotes' are a direct cyber-descendent, of the paper Sky notes I prepared, for many years, by hand, for members, at each meeting of the Scarborough Astronomical Society from the moment the Society began in February, 1976. In those days, I produced all the illustrations including the star charts by hand, but now, with the advent of excellent astronomy software programs, I am able to use much better graphics, for which I must thank the many programmers who have produced these wonderful software gems. In the credits section you will find a list of these amazing sources which allow me to continue to produce my 'Skynotes', for the benefit of all. It does not seem that they have been produced continuously for over 46 years, but as the Latin inscription reminds us: tempvs fvgit ! (time flies)!. There are many 'pages' in this different version of 'Skynotes'. These are listed in the MENU at the top of the page. My hope is that you find within them something of interest, and may I, here, express my gratitude to the many people who have already visited, this, my small contribution towards the popularisation of astronomy, which has been my lifelong aim and ambition.

I record here also a special 'Thank-you' for two very special teachers. First, Miss M Walker (later Mrs Martin). I was in her form at Normanton Secondary Modern school, before transferring to Normanton Grammar School at the age of 13. She gave me a small note nook in which to write about and draw events taking place in the night sky. This was to be the tiny 'seed' which would eventually grow into these 'Skynotes'. Secondly, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the late Senior English Master, of Normanton Grammar School, Mr. T Hewson, who made me stand up in class during 'English' on Tuesday afternoons, and read aloud, to the class, several pages of Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, despite the difficulties I had, at that time in reading words. Thanks to him, I can now read fluently; but more importantly, he taught me to have confidence, to be able to share my love of astronomy with all to whom I have been invited to speak; and ultimately to become a teacher myself.

My greatest thanks of all, I give to my parents: to my Dad for showing me the stars, and my Mum who put up with me looking through my open window with a telescope in the depths of many Winter nights (in pre-central heating days), and freezing everyone in the household, except me! 

 It is my hope that you will enjoy these pages, and return here often to take what you will from this site, as the months change, the result of Earth's journey around the sun.

May you too, always follow safe paths, and have clear and unclouded skies, in all the many aspects of your life!

 

Finally, I want to say a huge 'Thank You!' to friends, collegues and some of my ex students who provide me with excellent images which they have, very kindly, given me permission to use.

 The BLOG (About Me) bit is on a separate page. You can find it, if you are interested, via the MENU above!

The DECEMBER FULL MOON 2021. Image by: @FeelBetter2day . Thanks Linda

PLEASE NOTE : Because of the size of this FRONT PAGE, which resulted in the slow loading of the material on some machines; I have created another additional page. It is called 'FRONT PAGE continued' and can be reached using the MENU above.

You will find there, illustrations of Saturn and its fascinating moon ENCELADUS, thought to be a possible abode of life, as is Jupiter's satellite Europa (also to be seen on this additional page)

SKYNOTES are available. Use The MENU above to find the current month's SKYNOTES.

ASTEROIDAL OCCULTATIONS for THE CURRENT MONTH accessible via the Menu above (ASTEROIDAL EVENTS). Thanks For those Andrej !

REMOTE PLANETS. The paths of URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO, have been updated for 2021. 

POEM by Richard H Mann 'FRIENDS OF MINE' added to the ASTRONOMICAL POETRY page (see MENU above)

 

THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.

For information about suitable times to see the ISS, other satellites, and interesting objects, and to download the application if you wish, go to the following admirable site:

http://heavens-above.com

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Visible passes from SCARBOROUGH. UK

The TIMES shown here are UNIVERSAL TIME. (GMT)

 

 Pass Details: 


 

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
20 Jan -1.7 18:49:00 10° SSW 18:50:35 20° S 18:50:35 20° S visible
21 Jan -1.9 18:01:28 10° SSW 18:03:51 18° SSE 18:04:36 17° SE visible
21 Jan -0.8 19:36:54 10° WSW 19:37:32 14° WSW 19:37:32 14° WSW visible
22 Jan -1.4 17:14:18 10° S 17:16:01 13° SE 17:17:43 10° ESE visible
22 Jan -2.6 18:49:01 10° SW 18:51:30 34° S 18:51:30 34° S visible
23 Jan -2.5 18:01:13 10° SW 18:04:12 30° SSE 18:05:28 23° ESE visible
23 Jan -1.0 19:37:22 10° WSW 19:38:24 18° WSW 19:38:24 18° WSW visible
24 Jan -2.1 17:13:33 10° SSW 17:16:18 24° SSE 17:19:03 10° E visible
24 Jan -3.1 18:49:24 10° WSW 18:52:20 48° SSW 18:52:20 48° SSW visible
25 Jan -3.1 18:01:29 10° WSW 18:04:41 44° SSE 18:06:16 25° ESE visible
25 Jan -1.2 19:37:57 10° W 19:39:12 20° WSW 19:39:12 20° WSW visible

 

THE MOON AND SUN

 

JANUARY 20 at 20h UT... WANING GIBBOUS. FULL MOON was on JANUARY 17 at 23h 48 UT. LAST QUARTER is on JANUARY 25 at12h 41 UT.

JANUARY 20 at 20h UT THE MOON'S CELESTIAL POSITION (Scarborough UK).

Key to LUNAR FEATURES.

JANUARY 21 : The SUN'S celestial positions, as seen from Earth, at 12h UT.
Astronomical Constellation : CAPRICORNUS
Astrological Sign: AQUARIUS.
On JANUARY 20 at 02h 39 UT, the SUN entered the Astrological Sign of AQUARIUS. the WATER CARRIER.

JANUARY 20
Today's SOLAR PHOTOSPHERE image in visible light, courtesy of NASA.

MOON PHASEs JANUARY 2022.
Courtesy: LunarPhase Pro software

 

THINGS TO LOOK FOR:

The times when ALGOL (Beta Persei), the famous eclipsing variable star reaches its MINIMUM brightness may be found in the monthly SKYNOTES summary for each month. The star has a page dedicated to itself also, accessible via the MENU above.

ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS due this month may be found in the MONTHLY SKYNOTES, accessible via the MENU above.

 

THE FEBRUARY FULL MOON : The moment of FULL MOON is FEBRUARY 16 at 16h 56 UT.

The angular diameter of the Planets compared, in JANUARY 2022

SCARBOROUGH, SOUTH BAY, SUNRISE in mid JANUARY, 2022. Image courtesy of Faith Young @FaithYoungWriter
Thanks Faith.

JANUARY Sunrise, SOUTH BAY, SCARBOROUGH
Imaged by Faith Young.
Thanks Faith.

SUNRISE and SUNSET,  SCARBOROUGH.

LOCAL UK TIME (UT)

JANUARY 20, 2022.

RISE: 08h 07   SET: 16h 17

 

 

DAY LENGTH (SUNRISE TO SET)

08h 10m 14s

(The INCREASE is by +03m 05s)

 

MOONRISE and SET, SCARBOROUGH.

RISE: 18h 58       SET: 09h 49

 

TIDE TIMES, SCARBOROUGH.

NORTH SEA:   JANUARY 20, 2022

 LOCAL TIME (UT)

LW:   23h 37 (WED 19)

HW:  05h 37 

LW:   11h 35

HW:  17h 44

The images of SCARBOROUGH preceeding and following these tables are by kind permission of people who live here, and who are justifiably proud of their seaside town on the Yorkshire Coast. 

SCARBOROUGH, NORTH BAY. Mid-January 2021
Image courtesy of @FeelBetter2day . Thanks Linda

JANUARY, 2022 JUPITER and the GALILEAN SATELLITES. The Date is at the side. The horizontal line shows the positions of the satellites at 00h Universal Time. Interpolate to find the arrangement at other times in the day. Chart courtesy of CoelixApex Software.
Plese note: in this chart SOUTH is at the top , NORTH is at the bottom.

NEXT SCARBOROUGH, UK SOLAR ECLIPSE,
A PARTIAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN - OCTOBER 25, 2022. A partial eclipse is visible from the UK !The 'layers' in the 'Eclipse Zone' on the map show the percentage of Sun covered by the Moon. Each segment is a 10% increase, starting at the edge (0%).
Future solar and lunar eclipses for UK, may be found using the MENU above.

VENUS Telescopic appearance, JANUARY, 2022 at 12h UT in daylight sky, SCARBOROUGH UK
The planet's appearance, here, has NORTH at the top of the illustration, and SOUTH at the bottom. VENUS has a low declination as it moves retrograde in the constellation of SAGITTARIUS, away from its INFERIOR CONJUNCTION with the SUN on JANUARY 08.

AURORAL CORONA October,1989 in TRIANGULUM. Notice the Pleiades nearby, and the costellations of PERSEUS (upper left), and ARIES (below the middle of the image). Stars of ANDROMEDA can be seen to the upper right (and if you look carefully, following the stars Mirach, Mu and Nu Andromedae upwards, you may see the nucleus of the Andromeda Galaxy, M31, just to the right of Nu. The Auroral Corona is the point where the Solar particles are coming directly down through the atmosphere towards the observer, producing a definite perspective effect.
Photo taken by Sheila Anderson. Thanks Sheila

Lunar Eclipse starting at Moonset in UK.
NOVEMBER 19, 2021, at 07h 44m UT Image by Maurice Bradwell, from Sandal Castle, WAKEFIELD, West Yorkshire, looking North West. Thanks Maurice, for this beautiful image of the partially eclipsed, setting Moon.

The phenomena of the month : JANUARY 2022
Times are given in UT for SCARBOROUGH (0° 25' 5" W, 54° 16' 30" N, zone 0 = UT).

 

Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm

 

2022 01 01 11:26 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 01 01 22:59 Moon at perigee (geocentric dist. = 358033 km)
2022 01 02 18:33 NEW MOON
2022 01 02 21:38 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 01 03 13:37 Meteor shower : Quadrantids (110 meteors/hour at zenith; duration = 16.0 days)
2022 01 03 17:51 Close encounter between the Moon and Pluto (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 3.2°)
2022 01 04 02:01 Close encounter between the Moon and Mercury (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 3.6°)
2022 01 04 06:00 The Earth at its perihelion (distance to the Sun = 0.98333 AU)
2022 01 04 20:27 Close encounter between the Moon and Saturn (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 4.6°)
2022 01 05 12:48 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 01 05 18:27 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 01 06 02:53 Close encounter between the Moon and Jupiter (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 4.7°)
2022 01 06 16:44 End of occultation of 71-tau2 Aqr (magn. = 4.05)
2022 01 07 12:00 GREATEST EASTERN ELONGATION of Mercury (19.2°)
2022 01 07 13:22 Close encounter between the Moon and Neptune (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 4.6°)
2022 01 08 15:16 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 01 08 15:41 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 01 09 00:48 INFERIOR CONJUNCTION of Venus with the Sun (geoc. dist. center to center = 4.9°)
2022 01 09 05:41 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2022 01 09 08:45 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2022 01 09 18:11 FIRST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2022 01 09 21:52 Comet C/2019 L3 ATLAS at its perihelion (dist. to the Sun = 3.553 AU; magn. = 12.1)
2022 01 10 21:35 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 01 11 11:59 Close encounter between the Moon and Uranus (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 2.2°)
2022 01 11 12:05 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 01 13 23:56 Close encounter between the Moon and Aldebaran (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 5.9°)
2022 01 14 08:55 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 01 14 09:27 Moon at apogee (geocentric dist. = 405805 km)
2022 01 14 16:10 Opposition of the asteroid 7 Iris with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.088 AU; magn. = 7.6)
2022 01 15 19:37 Close encounter between the Moon and M 35 (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 1.3°)
2022 01 15 19:55 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 01 15 23:00 Mercury at its perihelion (distance to the Sun = 0.30750 AU)
2022 01 16 06:23 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 01 16 14:49 CONJUNCTION between Pluto and the Sun (geoc. dist. center to center = 1.7°)
2022 01 17 05:44 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 01 17 06:56 Beginning of occultation of 57 Gem (magn. = 5.04)
2022 01 17 23:48 FULL MOON
2022 01 18 16:47 Close encounter between the Moon and M 44 (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 2.5°)
2022 01 19 12:21 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2022 01 20 02:33 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 01 20 21:09 Beginning of occultation of 46 Leo (magn. = 5.43)
2022 01 20 22:13 End of occultation of 46 Leo (magn. = 5.43)
2022 01 21 15:11 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 01 22 04:15 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2022 01 22 23:22 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 01 23 00:10 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 01 23 06:00 Venus at its perihelion (distance to the Sun = 0.71845 AU)
2022 01 23 10:28 INFERIOR CONJUNCTION of Mercury with the Sun (geoc. dist. centre to centre = 3.3°)
2022 01 25 13:41 LAST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2022 01 25 20:12 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 01 26 05:27 Beginning of occultation of 8-alpha1 Lib (magn. = 5.15)
2022 01 26 05:36 Beginning of occultation of 9-alpha2 Lib, Zubenelgenubi, (magn. = 2.75)
2022 01 26 05:48 Close encounter between Mars and M 8 (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 0.5°)
2022 01 26 06:38 End of occultation of 8-alpha1 Lib (magn. = 5.15)
2022 01 26 06:46 End of occultation of 9-alpha2 Lib, Zubenelgenubi, (magn. = 2.75)
2022 01 26 23:59 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 01 28 17:01 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 01 29 05:59 Close encounter between Mercury and Pluto (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 5.2°)
2022 01 29 15:57 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2022 01 29 16:25 Close encounter between the Moon and Mars (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 3.1°)
2022 01 30 04:24 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 01 30 07:09 Moon at perigee (geocentric dist. = 362252 km)
2022 01 31 03:21 Close encounter between the Moon and Pluto (topocentric dist. centre to centre = 3.2°)
2022 01 31 13:50 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)