January 2016 Star Calendar

Star calendar 1–31 January 2016

1 Jan   Low in the west at dusk, Mercury sets 1½ hours after the sun.

2 Jan    At 2249 UT, Earth is at perihelion, its closest approach to the sun, 0.98 astronomical units away.}

3 Jan    Rising 6 hours before the sun, the moon and Spica are high in the south at sunrise, with Mars 1 finger-width to the moon’s lower left. Better than average, the Quadrantids meteor shower may bring up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak tonight and tomorrow morning.

6 Jan    Low in the east before dawn, brilliant Venus is less than 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left. Saturn is 1 finger-width to Venus’ lower left.

7 Jan    Venus and Saturn are less than 1 finger-width apart this morning.

9 Jan    This morning Venus moves to Saturn’s lower left, passing within less than 0.1 degree.

14 Jan    Mercury is at inferior conjunction, passing between the sun and Earth as it moves from the evening to the morning sky.

16 Jan    The first-quarter moon lies between Mira, 1½ fist-widths to the lower left, and Alpheratz, 3 fist-widths to the upper right.

17 Jan    Look high in the south an hour or two after sunset to see Hamal 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper right. Mira is the same distance below the moon.

19 Jan    High in the east at dusk, the moon passes within 0.5 degrees of Aldebaran. The Pleiades Cluster is 1 fist-width above the moon, and Orion is directly below the moon.

20 Jan    Early this evening, Orion is to the moon’s lower right, and Gemini is to the lower left.

21 Jan    Betelgeuse is 1 fist-width to the moon’s right tonight. The bright star 1 finger-width below the moon is Alhena in the constellation Gemini.

22 Jan    The moon lies between Procyon, 1 fist-width to the lower right, and the Gemini Twins, Pollux and Castor, the same distance to the left or upper left.

25 Jan    Rising 2 hours after sunset, the moon and Regulus are high in the east at midnight.

26 Jan    At midnight, Regulus is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s upper right, and Jupiter is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left.

27 Jan    Jupiter is 2 finger-widths above the moon low in the east by midnight.

29 Jan    Low in the southwest before dawn, Jupiter is 2 fist-widths to the moon’s right, and Spica is 1 fist-width to the left.

30 Jan    Spica is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right before dawn.

31 Jan    Mars is 1 fist-width to the moon’s left this morning.

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