Sunday, December 30, 2012

January 2013 Celestial Highlights

January 2: Earth reaches perihelion, its annual closest distance to the sun: 91.4 million miles.
January 3: 3 a.m. Quadrantid meteor shower. Over 60 meteors per hour emanating from the northeast — but the bright waning gibbous moon washes out the sky drastically reducing the number of meteors seen.
January 7: 5 a.m., Waning crescent Moon below Saturn.
January 10: 6:30 a.m., crescent Moon near Venus
January 21, the bright waxing gibbous Moon directly below Jupiter
January 26, full Moon (11:39 p.m.)

Such is our view from Earth...

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