Almanac

2019 Events for Scranton, Pennsylvania

The events for 2019 have a new look. Events for each month is a short listing by date and noted if it is viewable in the morning or evening sky. This makes it easier to compare with a planetarium software on smartphones or other hand held devices. You can (manually) setup your device to remind you ahead of time of the event you wish to view. Major Meteor showers are listed first.

Sorry, I have no control of the weather conditions.

January 2019

Meteor shower: 2019 Jan 3 Quadrantids Meteors peak. Very little interference from Moonlight.

Morning Sky, 30 minutes before Sunrise in the east.

2019 Jan 1 Crescent Moon is upper right of -4.3 magnitude Venus, -1.8 magnitude Jupiter is shinning 20 degrees lower.
2019 Jan 2 Crescent Moon is between Jupiter and Venus.
2019 Jan 3 Thinner crescent Moon is 3 degrees left of Jupiter.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset

2019 Jan 10 Fat crescent Moon and 8th magnitude Neptune are 4 degrees apart, Mars is 24 degrees higher and brighter.Requires a telescope to see Neptune.

2019 Jan 12 Moon and Mars are 5.5 degrees apart.
2019 Jan 14 First Quarter Moon and 8.0 magnitude Uranus 8 degrees apart. Mars is 14 degrees right of the Moon. Requires a telescope to see Uranus.

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise.

2019 Jan 12 – 31 Venus moves towards the east passing above Jupiter; a thin crescent Moon between them on the 30th.

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
Late evening to early morning, and yes it just may be cold outside.

2019 Jan 20 10:36 pm Lunar Eclipse, Enter Penumbra, Alt=51°
2019 Jan 20 11:05 pm Lunar Eclipse, Penumbra First Visible, Alt=56°
2019 Jan 20 11:32 pm Lunar Eclipse, First Contact, Alt=60°
2019 Jan 21 12:39 am Lunar Eclipse, Second Contact, Alt=67°
2019 Jan 21 01:12 am Lunar Eclipse, Mid-eclipse, Alt=69°
2019 Jan 21 01:45 am Lunar Eclipse, Third Contact, Alt=68°
2019 Jan 21 02:52 am Lunar Eclipse, Last Contact, Alt=60°
2019 Jan 21 03:19 am Lunar Eclipse, Penumbra Last, Alt=56°
2019 Jan 21 03:48 am Lunar Eclipse, Exit Penumbra, Alt=51°

February 2019

Evening Sky in the south

2019 Feb 1 Mars and Uranus are 7.0 degrees apart and getting closer each passing day. Requires a telescope to see Uranus.
2019 Feb 10 Fat crescent Moon is closest to Mars and Uranus.
2019 Feb 13 Mars and Uranus are less than one degree apart.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset

2019 Feb 26 Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation; magnitude -0.4; 17 degrees, a good height above horizon.

March 2019

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.

2019 Mar 2 Moon to right of Venus and 4 degrees apart.
2019 Mar 3 Moon to left of Venus and 6 degrees apart.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset

2019 Mar 11 Moon is 6.5 degrees right of Mars; Mars has dim to 1.6 magnitude

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.

2019 Mar 21 Saturn and Jupiter 26 degrees apart.
2019 Mar 26 Moon is 4 degrees left from Jupiter.

April 2019

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.

2019 Apr 1 Thin crescent Moon and Venus are 9 degrees apart

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset.

2019 Apr 8 Crescent Moon is 7.5 degrees below Mars; orange 0.8 magnitude star Aldebaran is 7.5 degrees left of Mars
2019 Apr 9 Crescent Moon is 3.4 degrees above Aldebaran; Mars is 7.2 degrees right of Aldebrarn. Another nice triangle.

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.

2019 Apr 10 Bright Venus, 3.9 mag, is 17 arc SECOND below 8.0 mag Neptune. Mercury at 0.4 mag, is at the lower left. Requires a telescope to see Neptune.
2019 Apr 11 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation; magnitude 0.4; Poor height above horizon.

May 2019

Meteor shower: 2019 May 6 eta-Aquarids peak. Very little interference from Moonlight.

Morning Sky, 30 minutes before Sunrise in the east.

2019 May 2 Thin Crescent Moon and Venus are 4.5 degrees apart. Near by is Mercury 10 degrees left of the Moon and closer to the horizon.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset.

2019 May 7 Fat crescent Moon is lower left of 1.7 magnitude and Mars.

Evening Sky in the Southeast.

2019 May 19 Near Full Moon is 7 degrees right of magnitude -2.6 Jupiter

Morning Sky, after midnight.

2019 May 23 Moon is 4.5 degrees left of 0.3 magnitude Saturn

June 2019

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset.

2019 Jun 16 – 19 Mercury pass Mars
2019 Jun 18 Mars, at 1.8 magnitude, is 17 arc seconds below 0.2 magnitude Mercury. **EXTREMELY CLOSE**

Morning Sky, after midnight.

2019 Jun 18 Moon is 1.8 degrees lower left of 0.3 magnitude Saturn

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset.

2019 Jun 23 Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation; magnitude 0.6. Good height above horizon

July 2019

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset.

2019 Jul 4 Thin Crescent Moon is 9 degrees above and left of 1.8 magnitude Mars. Mercury at 1.6 magnitude, is 3.5 degrees lower left of Mars.

Evening Sky, in the SSW sky before midnight.

2019 Jul 13 The Near Full Moon is 4 degrees left of -2.5 magnitude Jupiter
2019 Jul 16 The Full Moon and and 0.1 magnitude Saturn are 2 degrees apart.

August 2019

Meteor shower: 2019 Aug 11-12 Perseid peak Moon interferes early evening, better after Midnight.

Morning Sky, 1 hour before sunrise in the east.

2019 Aug 9 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation at magnitude 0.4; Good height above horizon.

Evening Sky in the south after Sunset.

2019 Aug 9 The First Quarter Moon is 1.4 degrees above -2.4 magnitude Jupiter.
2019 Aug 11 The Gibbous Moon is 4 degrees right of 0.4 magnitude Saturn.

September 2019

Evening Sky in the south after Sunset.

2019 Sep 5 First Quarter Moon is right of Jupiter and 4 degrees apart. Less 2 degrees apart near sunrise.
2019 Sep 7 Gibbous Moon is right of Saturn and 6 degrees apart.

October 2019

Meteor shower: 2019 Oct 8-9 Draconids peak,some interference from moonlight
Meteor shower: 2019 Oct 20-21 Orionids peak,some interference from moonlight

Evening Sky in the south after Sunset.

2019 Oct 10 Near Full Moon is 4 degrees below 7.8 magnitude Neptune. Requires a telescope to see Neptune.
2019 Oct 15 Full Moon is below and 5 degrees from 5.7 magnitude and Uranus. Requires a telescope to see Uranus.
2019 Oct 20 Mercury Greatest Eastern Elongation; magnitude -0.1, Extremely poor event, very low to horizon.
2019 Oct 31 Crescent Moon is 4 degrees left of Jupiter

November 2019

Evening Sky in the south after Sunset.

2019 Nov 2 Gibbous Moon and Saturn 8.2 degrees apart.
2019 Nov 7 Fat Gibbous Moon is 5 degrees below 7.8 magnitude Neptune. Requires a telescope to see Neptune

Morning DAYLIGHT HOURS

2019 Nov 11 TRANSIT of Mercury in front of the SUN. WARNING, requires a telescope with a SOLAR FILTER to view this event.

WARNING Those “Solar Eclipse glasses” will not reveal Mercury due to the planet’s small size.
Therefore do not stare at the Sun with “Solar Eclipse glasses” for extend period of time.

Mid Transit occurs at 11:20 am,

Evening Sky in the east after Sunset.

2019 Nov 11 Near Full Moon and Uranus 5 degrees apart. Requires a telescope to see the planet Uranus.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset.

2019 Nov 24 Jupiter (-1.9 mag) and Venus (-4.3 mag) are 1.5 degrees apart. ****

Morning Sky in the east before Sunrise.

2019 Nov 24 Crescent Moon is left of 1.7 magnitude Mars. Mercury, at magnitude -0.2, is 9.5 degrees below Mars.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset.

2019 Nov 28 Crescent Moon is 1 degree above Venus. Jupiter is 4 degrees right of Venus.

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise in the east.

2019 Nov 28 Mercury Greatest Western Elongation; Magnitude -0.5: Very good height above horizon.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset.

2019 Nov 29 Crescent Moon is 1.5 degrees below Saturn.

December 2019

Meteor Shower: 2019 Dec 13-14 Geminids Meteors peak, Moonlight Interferes.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset.

2019 Dec 11 Venus at -4.0, magnitude is 2 degrees below Saturn.

Morning Sky, 1 hour before Sunrise.

2019 Dec 22 Crescent Moon and Mars are 6.0 degrees apart.

Evening Sky in the west after Sunset.

2019 Dec 28 Thin Crescent Moon and Venus 3 degrees apart.