NOVAC Observing Report  Dec 10, 2017 to Jan 14, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  none


The Sun
  Dec 10  rises at 7:16 AM, sets at 4:46 PM
  Jan 14  will rise at 7:26 AM, will set at 5:10 PM


The Moon
  Dec 10  Last Quarter
  Dec 18  New Moon
  Dec 26  First Quarter
  Jan  1  Full Moon
  Jan  8  Last Quarter


Events
  Dec 12  Mercury is in inferior conjunction (Earth between Mercury and
            the Sun)
  Dec 14  The Geminid meteor shower peaks (active Dec 4 to Dec 17)
  Dec 21  Saturn is in conjunction with the Sun (behind the Sun)
  Dec 21  Winter solstice
  Jan  1  Mercury is at greatest western elongation (Mercury about 16
            degrees above the horizon at sunrise from Dec 25 to Jan 3)
  Jan  3  The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks (active Dec 28 to Jan 12)
  Jan  9  Venus is in superior conjunction (behind the Sun)


The Planets
                       Dec 10                          Jan 14
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   7:42 AM  12:25 PM   5:10 PM     6:10 AM  10:53 AM   3:35 PM
  Venus     6:42 AM  11:31 AM   4:19 PM     7:36 AM  12:24 PM   5:12 PM
  Mars      3:19 AM   8:46 AM   2:13 PM     2:51 AM   7:54 AM  12:57 PM
  Jupiter   4:21 AM   9:34 AM   2:47 PM     2:33 AM   7:40 AM  12:48 PM
  Saturn    8:00 AM  12:45 PM   5:29 PM     6:00 AM  10:45 AM   3:29 PM

            mag   diam  notes for Dec 10              notes for Jan 14
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury   3.8   9.8"  WSW, 4*                       
  Venus    -3.9   9.9"                                
  Mars      1.6   4.4"                                
  Jupiter  -1.8  31.8"                                
  Saturn    0.5  15.0"  SW, 7*                        
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Jan 14, 2018 to Feb 11, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  Feb  4   2:32 AM   Europa Eclipse Start         (S -54  J 133  11)
  Feb  4   4:49 AM   Europa Eclipse End           (S -28  J 163  29)
  Feb 11   1:55 AM       Io Eclipse Start         (S -58  J 131   9)
  Feb 11   5:08 AM   Europa Eclipse Start         (S -23  J 174  32)


The Sun
  Jan 14  rises at 7:26 AM, sets at 5:10 PM
  Feb 11  will rise at 7:04 AM, will set at 5:41 PM


The Moon
  Jan 16  New Moon
  Jan 24  First Quarter
  Jan 31  Full Moon
  Feb  7  Last Quarter


Events
  Jan 31  Total lunar eclipse (from Espenak)


The Planets
                       Jan 14                          Feb 11
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   6:10 AM  10:53 AM   3:35 PM     7:03 AM  12:08 PM   5:14 PM
  Venus     7:36 AM  12:24 PM   5:12 PM     7:34 AM  12:55 PM   6:18 PM
  Mars      2:51 AM   7:54 AM  12:57 PM     2:25 AM   7:15 AM  12:04 PM
  Jupiter   2:33 AM   7:40 AM  12:48 PM    12:58 AM   6:03 AM  11:07 AM
  Saturn    6:00 AM  10:45 AM   3:29 PM     4:23 AM   9:07 AM   1:52 PM

            mag   diam  notes for Jan 14              notes for Feb 11
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury  -0.3   5.5"                                
  Venus    -3.9   9.8"                                6*
  Mars      1.4   5.1"                                
  Jupiter  -1.9  34.2"                                
  Saturn    0.5  15.1"                                
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Feb 11, 2018 to Mar 11, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  Feb 18   3:48 AM       Io Eclipse Start         (S -37  J 160  28)
  Feb 25   5:40 AM       Io Eclipse Start         (S -14  J 198  33)


The Sun
  Feb 11  rises at 7:04 AM, sets at 5:41 PM
  Mar 11  will rise at 7:26 AM, will set at 7:11 PM


The Moon
  Feb 15  New Moon
  Feb 23  First Quarter
  Mar  1  Full Moon
  Mar  9  Last Quarter


Events
  Feb 15  Partial solar eclipse (from Espenak)
  Feb 17  Mercury is in superior conjunction (from Espenak)
  Mar  4  Neptune is in conjunction with the Sun (from Espenak)
  Mar 11  EDT starts


The Planets
                       Feb 11                          Mar 11
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   7:03 AM  12:08 PM   5:14 PM     8:03 AM   2:21 PM   8:39 PM
  Venus     7:34 AM  12:55 PM   6:18 PM     8:08 AM   2:14 PM   8:22 PM
  Mars      2:25 AM   7:15 AM  12:04 PM     2:54 AM   7:36 AM  12:18 PM
  Jupiter  12:58 AM   6:03 AM  11:07 AM    12:13 AM   5:17 AM  10:21 AM
  Saturn    4:23 AM   9:07 AM   1:52 PM     3:41 AM   8:27 AM   1:12 PM

            mag   diam  notes for Feb 11              notes for Mar 11
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury  -1.1   4.8"                                17*
  Venus    -3.9   9.9"  WSW, 6*                       13*
  Mars      1.1   6.0"                                
  Jupiter  -2.1  37.0"                                
  Saturn    0.6  15.5"                                
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Mar 11, 2018 to Apr 8, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  Apr  6  11:31 PM       Io Eclipse Start         (S -39  J 133  12)


The Sun
  Mar 11  rises at 7:26 AM, sets at 7:11 PM
  Apr  8  will rise at 6:42 AM, will set at 7:39 PM


The Moon
  Mar 17  New Moon
  Mar 24  First Quarter
  Mar 31  Full Moon
  Apr  8  Last Quarter


Events
  Mar 11  EDT starts
  Mar 15  Mercury is at greatest eastern elongation (from Espenak)
  Mar 20  Vernal equinox (from Espenak)
  Apr  1  Mercury is in inferior conjunction (from Espenak)


The Planets
                       Mar 11                          Apr  8
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   8:03 AM   2:21 PM   8:39 PM     6:10 AM  12:24 PM   6:37 PM
  Venus     8:08 AM   2:14 PM   8:22 PM     7:41 AM   2:33 PM   9:26 PM
  Mars      2:54 AM   7:36 AM  12:18 PM     2:13 AM   6:54 AM  11:36 AM
  Jupiter  12:13 AM   5:17 AM  10:21 AM    10:12 PM   3:21 AM   8:26 AM
  Saturn    3:41 AM   8:27 AM   1:12 PM     1:55 AM   6:41 AM  11:27 AM

            mag   diam  notes for Mar 11              notes for Apr  8
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury  -0.7   6.7"  W, 17*                        
  Venus    -3.9  10.2"  W, 13*                        20*
  Mars      0.6   7.2"                                
  Jupiter  -2.3  40.3"                                
  Saturn    0.6  16.1"                                
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Apr 8, 2018 to May 6, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  Apr 14   1:24 AM       Io Eclipse Start         (S -42  J 164  30)
  Apr 21   3:18 AM       Io Eclipse Start         (S -31  J 205  33)
  Apr 28   5:11 AM       Io Eclipse Start         (S -12  J 240  18)


The Sun
  Apr  8  rises at 6:42 AM, sets at 7:39 PM
  May  6  will rise at 6:05 AM, will set at 8:06 PM


The Moon
  Apr  8  Last Quarter
  Apr 15  New Moon
  Apr 22  First Quarter
  Apr 29  Full Moon


Events
  Apr 18  Uranus is in conjunction with the Sun (from Espenak)
  Apr 22  The Lyrid meteor shower peaks (active Apr 14 to Apr 30) (from IMO)
  Apr 29  Mercury is at greatest western elongation (from Espenak)
  May  6  The eta-Aquarid meteor shower peaks (active Apr 19 to May 28) (from IMO)


The Planets
                       Apr  8                          May  6
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   6:10 AM  12:24 PM   6:37 PM     5:11 AM  11:30 AM   5:50 PM
  Venus     7:41 AM   2:33 PM   9:26 PM     7:37 AM   3:03 PM  10:30 PM
  Mars      2:13 AM   6:54 AM  11:36 AM     1:19 AM   6:04 AM  10:49 AM
  Jupiter  10:12 PM   3:21 AM   8:26 AM     8:06 PM   1:18 AM   6:27 AM
  Saturn    1:55 AM   6:41 AM  11:27 AM    12:04 AM   4:50 AM   9:35 AM

            mag   diam  notes for Apr  8              notes for May  6
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury   3.0  11.3"                                
  Venus    -3.9  10.8"  W, 20*                        25*
  Mars      0.1   9.0"                                
  Jupiter  -2.4  43.3"                                
  Saturn    0.5  16.8"                                
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  May 6, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  none


The Sun
  May  6  rises at 6:05 AM, sets at 8:06 PM
  Jun 10  will rise at 5:43 AM, will set at 8:33 PM


The Moon
  May  7  Last Quarter
  May 15  New Moon
  May 21  First Quarter
  May 29  Full Moon
  Jun  6  Last Quarter


Events
  May  6  The eta-Aquarid meteor shower peaks (active Apr 19 to May 28) (from IMO)
  May  8  Jupiter is at opposition (from Espenak)
  Jun  5  Mercury is in superior conjunction (from Espenak)


The Planets
                       May  6                          Jun 10
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   5:11 AM  11:30 AM   5:50 PM     6:00 AM   1:32 PM   9:05 PM
  Venus     7:37 AM   3:03 PM  10:30 PM     8:24 AM   3:47 PM  11:10 PM
  Mars      1:19 AM   6:04 AM  10:49 AM    11:47 PM   4:37 AM   9:25 AM
  Jupiter   8:06 PM   1:18 AM   6:27 AM     5:29 PM  10:41 PM   3:57 AM
  Saturn   12:04 AM   4:50 AM   9:35 AM     9:35 PM   2:24 AM   7:10 AM

            mag   diam  notes for May  6              notes for Jun 10
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury   0.2   7.1"                                5*
  Venus    -3.9  11.8"  W, 25*                        28*
  Mars     -0.5  11.8"                                
  Jupiter  -2.5  44.7"                                28*
  Saturn    0.3  17.6"                                
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Jun 10, 2018 to Jul 8, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  Jun 16   8:42 PM       Io Eclipse End           (S  -2  J 163  32)
  Jun 23  10:37 PM       Io Eclipse End           (S -18  J 205  35)
  Jun 29  10:49 PM   Europa Eclipse End           (S -20  J 215  33)
  Jul  1  12:32 AM       Io Eclipse End           (S -27  J 241  20)
  Jul  7   1:23 AM   Europa Eclipse End           (S -29  J 254   7)


The Sun
  Jun 10  rises at 5:43 AM, sets at 8:33 PM
  Jul  8  will rise at 5:51 AM, will set at 8:36 PM


The Moon
  Jun 13  New Moon
  Jun 20  First Quarter
  Jun 28  Full Moon
  Jul  6  Last Quarter


Events
  Jun 21  Summer solstice (from Espenak)
  Jun 27  Saturn is at opposition (from Espenak)


The Planets
                       Jun 10                          Jul  8
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   6:00 AM   1:32 PM   9:05 PM     8:01 AM   3:02 PM  10:03 PM
  Venus     8:24 AM   3:47 PM  11:10 PM     9:19 AM   4:06 PM  10:53 PM
  Mars     11:47 PM   4:37 AM   9:25 AM    10:08 PM   2:53 AM   7:34 AM
  Jupiter   5:29 PM  10:41 PM   3:57 AM     3:32 PM   8:45 PM   2:02 AM
  Saturn    9:35 PM   2:24 AM   7:10 AM     7:37 PM  12:26 AM   5:10 AM

            mag   diam  notes for Jun 10              notes for Jul  8
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury  -1.7   5.2"  WNW, 5*                       16*
  Venus    -4.0  13.9"  W, 28*                        26*
  Mars     -1.5  17.0"                                
  Jupiter  -2.4  43.3"  SE, 28*                       36*
  Saturn    0.1  18.2"                                9*
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Jul 8, 2018 to Aug 12, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  Jul 13   8:50 PM Ganymede Eclipse End           (S  -4  J 197  36)
  Jul 20  11:05 PM Ganymede Eclipse Start         (S -23  J 239  21)


The Sun
  Jul  8  rises at 5:51 AM, sets at 8:36 PM
  Aug 12  will rise at 6:19 AM, will set at 8:07 PM


The Moon
  Jul 12  New Moon
  Jul 19  First Quarter
  Jul 27  Full Moon
  Aug  4  Last Quarter
  Aug 11  New Moon


Events
  Jul 12  Mercury is at greatest eastern elongation (from Espenak)
  Jul 12  Partial solar eclipse (from Espenak)
  Jul 27  Mars is at opposition (from Espenak)
  Jul 27  Total lunar eclipse (from Espenak)
  Jul 30  The Southern delta-Aquarid meteor shower peaks (active Jul 12 to Aug 23) (from IMO)
  Aug  8  Mercury is in inferior conjunction (from Espenak)
  Aug 11  Partial solar eclipse (from Espenak)
  Aug 12  The Perseid meteor shower peaks (active Jul 17 to Aug 24) (from IMO)


The Planets
                       Jul  8                          Aug 12
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   8:01 AM   3:02 PM  10:03 PM     6:02 AM  12:44 PM   7:27 PM
  Venus     9:19 AM   4:06 PM  10:53 PM    10:11 AM   4:03 PM   9:55 PM
  Mars     10:08 PM   2:53 AM   7:34 AM     7:29 PM  11:57 PM   4:30 AM
  Jupiter   3:32 PM   8:45 PM   2:02 AM     1:23 PM   6:34 PM  11:45 PM
  Saturn    7:37 PM  12:26 AM   5:10 AM     5:11 PM   9:55 PM   2:43 AM

            mag   diam  notes for Jul  8              notes for Aug 12
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury   0.4   7.5"  W, 16*                        
  Venus    -4.1  16.7"  W, 26*                        20*
  Mars     -2.4  22.3"                                6*
  Jupiter  -2.3  40.5"  S, 36*                        32*
  Saturn    0.1  18.3"  SE, 9*                        23*
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Aug 12, 2018 to Sep 9, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  Aug 24   9:26 PM       Io Eclipse End           (S -18  J 244  16)
  Aug 25   8:48 PM Ganymede Eclipse End           (S -12  J 237  21)
  Sep  1   7:45 PM   Europa Eclipse Start         (S  -2  J 228  26)
  Sep  1  10:01 PM   Europa Eclipse End           (S -26  J 254   5)
  Sep  9  (next meeting)   7:45 PM       Io Eclipse End           (S  -4  J 234  22)


The Sun
  Aug 12  rises at 6:19 AM, sets at 8:07 PM
  Sep  9  will rise at 6:44 AM, will set at 7:26 PM


The Moon
  Aug 18  First Quarter
  Aug 26  Full Moon
  Sep  2  Last Quarter
  Sep  9  New Moon


Events
  Aug 12  The Perseid meteor shower peaks (active Jul 17 to Aug 24) (from IMO)
  Aug 17  Venus is at greatest eastern elongation (from Espenak)
  Aug 26  Mercury is at greatest western elongation (from Espenak)
  Sep  7  Neptune is at opposition (from Espenak)


The Planets
                       Aug 12                          Sep  9
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   6:02 AM  12:44 PM   7:27 PM     5:50 AM  12:30 PM   7:08 PM
  Venus    10:11 AM   4:03 PM   9:55 PM    10:29 AM   3:40 PM   8:50 PM
  Mars      7:29 PM  11:57 PM   4:30 AM     5:31 PM  10:05 PM   2:41 AM
  Jupiter   1:23 PM   6:34 PM  11:45 PM    11:51 AM   4:58 PM  10:05 PM
  Saturn    5:11 PM   9:55 PM   2:43 AM     3:20 PM   8:03 PM  12:51 AM

            mag   diam  notes for Aug 12              notes for Sep  9
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury   3.8  10.6"                                
  Venus    -4.3  23.1"  WSW, 20*                      14*
  Mars     -2.6  23.6"  SE, 6*                        16*
  Jupiter  -2.1  36.6"  SSW, 32*                      25*
  Saturn    0.3  17.7"  SSE, 23*                      28*
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Sep 9, 2018 to Oct 14, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  Sep  9  (meeting date)   7:45 PM       Io Eclipse End           (S  -4  J 234  22)


The Sun
  Sep  9  rises at 6:44 AM, sets at 7:26 PM
  Oct 14  will rise at 7:17 AM, will set at 6:31 PM


The Moon
  Sep  9  New Moon
  Sep 16  First Quarter
  Sep 24  Full Moon
  Oct  2  Last Quarter
  Oct  8  New Moon


Events
  Sep 20  Mercury is in superior conjunction (from Espenak)
  Sep 22  Autumnal equinox (from Espenak)


The Planets
                       Sep  9                          Oct 14
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   5:50 AM  12:30 PM   7:08 PM     8:39 AM   1:53 PM   7:07 PM
  Venus    10:29 AM   3:40 PM   8:50 PM     9:05 AM   1:53 PM   6:41 PM
  Mars      5:31 PM  10:05 PM   2:41 AM     3:42 PM   8:36 PM   1:32 AM
  Jupiter  11:51 AM   4:58 PM  10:05 PM    10:05 AM   3:06 PM   8:06 PM
  Saturn    3:20 PM   8:03 PM  12:51 AM     1:07 PM   5:51 PM  10:34 PM

            mag   diam  notes for Sep  9              notes for Oct 14
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury  -1.3   5.3"                                6*
  Venus    -4.5  33.1"  SW, 14*                       1*
  Mars     -1.9  19.3"  SE, 16*                       24*
  Jupiter  -1.9  34.0"  SW, 25*                       15*
  Saturn    0.4  17.0"  S, 28*                        28*
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Oct 14, 2018 to Nov 11, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  none


The Sun
  Oct 14  rises at 7:17 AM, sets at 6:31 PM
  Nov 11  will rise at 6:46 AM, will set at 4:58 PM


The Moon
  Oct 16  First Quarter
  Oct 24  Full Moon
  Oct 31  Last Quarter
  Nov  7  New Moon


Events
  Oct 21  The Orionid meteor shower peaks (active Oct 2 to Nov 7) (from IMO)
  Oct 23  Uranus is at opposition (from Espenak)
  Oct 26  Venus is in inferior conjunction (from Espenak)
  Nov  4  EST starts
  Nov  6  Mercury is at greatest eastern elongation (from Espenak)


The Planets
                       Oct 14                          Nov 11
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   8:39 AM   1:53 PM   7:07 PM     8:48 AM   1:24 PM   5:59 PM
  Venus     9:05 AM   1:53 PM   6:41 PM     4:56 AM  10:17 AM   3:39 PM
  Mars      3:42 PM   8:36 PM   1:32 AM     1:30 PM   6:46 PM  12:03 AM
  Jupiter  10:05 AM   3:06 PM   8:06 PM     7:44 AM  12:40 PM   5:36 PM
  Saturn    1:07 PM   5:51 PM  10:34 PM    10:27 AM   3:10 PM   7:54 PM

            mag   diam  notes for Oct 14              notes for Nov 11
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury  -0.3   5.0"  WSW, 6*                       9*
  Venus    -4.3  56.7"  WSW, 1*                       
  Mars     -1.0  13.9"  SSE, 24*                      31*
  Jupiter  -1.8  31.9"  SW, 15*                       6*
  Saturn    0.6  16.0"  S, 28*                        23*
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Nov 11, 2018 to Dec 9, 2018


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  none


The Sun
  Nov 11  rises at 6:46 AM, sets at 4:58 PM
  Dec  9  will rise at 7:15 AM, will set at 4:46 PM


The Moon
  Nov 15  First Quarter
  Nov 23  Full Moon
  Nov 29  Last Quarter
  Dec  7  New Moon


Events
  Nov 17  The Leonid meteor shower peaks (active Nov 6 to Nov 30) (from IMO)
  Nov 26  Jupiter is in conjunction with the Sun (from Espenak)
  Nov 27  Mercury is in inferior conjunction (from Espenak)


The Planets
                       Nov 11                          Dec  9
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   8:48 AM   1:24 PM   5:59 PM     5:34 AM  10:40 AM   3:45 PM
  Venus     4:56 AM  10:17 AM   3:39 PM     3:39 AM   9:07 AM   2:34 PM
  Mars      1:30 PM   6:46 PM  12:03 AM    12:20 PM   6:01 PM  11:42 PM
  Jupiter   7:44 AM  12:40 PM   5:36 PM     6:25 AM  11:16 AM   4:07 PM
  Saturn   10:27 AM   3:10 PM   7:54 PM     8:49 AM   1:33 PM   6:17 PM

            mag   diam  notes for Nov 11              notes for Dec  9
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury   0.0   7.4"  SW, 9*                        
  Venus    -4.5  54.7"                                
  Mars     -0.4  10.8"  SSE, 31*                      41*
  Jupiter  -1.7  31.1"  WSW, 6*                       
  Saturn    0.6  15.4"  SSW, 23*                      14*
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)


NOVAC Observing Report  Dec 9, 2018 to Jan 13, 2019


Jupiter Eclipse Events on Friday and Saturday Nights
  Jan  6   6:32 AM       Io Eclipse Start         (S -11  J 143  14)


The Sun
  Dec  9  rises at 7:15 AM, sets at 4:46 PM
  Jan 13  will rise at 7:26 AM, will set at 5:08 PM


The Moon
  Dec 15  First Quarter
  Dec 22  Full Moon
  Dec 29  Last Quarter
  Jan  5  New Moon


Events
  Dec 14  The Geminid meteor shower peaks (active Dec 4 to Dec 17) (from IMO)
  Dec 15  Mercury is at greatest western elongation (from Espenak)
  Dec 21  Winter solstice (from Espenak)
  Jan  1  Saturn is in conjunction with the Sun (from Espenak)
  Jan  5  Partial solar eclipse (from Espenak)
  Jan  5  Venus is at greatest western elongation (from Espenak)


The Planets
                       Dec  9                          Jan 13
              rises  transits      sets       rises  transits      sets
  Mercury   5:34 AM  10:40 AM   3:45 PM     6:54 AM  11:34 AM   4:14 PM
  Venus     3:39 AM   9:07 AM   2:34 PM     3:55 AM   8:58 AM   2:00 PM
  Mars     12:20 PM   6:01 PM  11:42 PM    10:54 AM   5:08 PM  11:22 PM
  Jupiter   6:25 AM  11:16 AM   4:07 PM     4:43 AM   9:30 AM   2:17 PM
  Saturn    8:49 AM   1:33 PM   6:17 PM     6:47 AM  11:33 AM   4:18 PM

            mag   diam  notes for Dec  9              notes for Jan 13
           ----  -----  ----------------              ----------------
  Mercury  -0.1   7.6"                                
  Venus    -4.6  35.4"                                
  Mars      0.1   8.7"  SSE, 41*                      55*
  Jupiter  -1.7  31.2"                                
  Saturn    0.5  15.1"  SW, 14*                       
  (* degrees elevation at sunset taking into account atmospheric refraction)
  (mag = apparent magnitude, diam = apparent equatorial angular diameter)