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  Sky Calendar -- January 2013
1 Moon near Regulus (131° from Sun, morning sky) at 19h UT.
2 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 5h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983290 a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers.
Sun at Aphelion and Perihelion (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
3 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 13h UT. Active between December 28 and January 12. Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern Boötes. Strong moonlight makes for unfavorable viewing conditions this year.
The Quadrantids (Gary Kronk)
5 Last Quarter Moon at 3:58 UT.
5 Moon very near Spica (81° from Sun, morning sky) at 21h UT. Occultation visible in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Antarctica.
Occultation of Spica (US Naval Observatory)
7 Moon near Saturn (67° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +0.6.
9 Moon near Antares (39° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT.
10 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10h UT (360,048 km; 33.2').
10 Moon near Venus (19° from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. -3.9.
11 New Moon at 19:44 UT. Start of lunation 1114.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near Mars (21° from Sun, evening sky) at 7h UT. Mag. +1.2.
18 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 9h UT. The planet passes into the evening sky.
18 First Quarter Moon at 23:45 UT.
21 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 14h UT.
Pleiades (star cluster) (Wikipedia)
22 Moon very near Jupiter (evening sky) at 2h UT. Occultation visible in South Pacific and central South America. From the Americas Jupiter will appear very close to the Moon on the evening of January 21. Mag. -2.6. [Sky Maps]
Occultation of Jupiter (US Naval Observatory)
22 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 405,311 km; angular size 29.5').
22 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 11h UT.
27 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (midnight sky) at 4h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
27 Full Moon at 4:39 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
29 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 0h UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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