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.