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  Sky Calendar -- January 2014
1 New Moon at 11:14 UT. Start of lunation 1126.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
1 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 21h UT (356,923 km; angular size 33.5').
2 Moon near Venus (15° from Sun, evening sky) at 11h UT. Mag. -4.3.
3 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 19h UT. Active between December 28 and January 12. Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern Boötes.
The Quadrantids (Gary Kronk)
The Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2014 (Meteorwatch)
4 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 12h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983335 a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers.
Sun at Aphelion and Perihelion (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
5 Jupiter at opposition at 21h UT. Best time to observe the largest planet in the solar system. Mag. -2.7.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
8 First Quarter Moon at 3:39 UT.
11 Venus at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 12h UT. The planet passes into the morning sky.
11 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 12h UT.
12 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 9h UT.
15 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. -2.7.
16 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 2h UT (distance 406,532 km; angular size 29.4').
16 Full Moon at 4:52 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
17 Moon near Beehive Cluster (morning sky) at 4h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 2h UT.
23 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 4h UT. Mag. +0.4.
23 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 10h UT.
24 Last Quarter Moon at 5:20 UT.
25 Moon very near Saturn (73° from Sun, morning sky) at 14h UT. Mag. +0.6. Occultation visible along a path between New Zealand and southern South America.
Occultation of Saturn (IOTA)
26 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 19h UT.
29 Moon near Venus (26° from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT. Mag. -4.5.
30 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10h UT (357,080 km; angular size 33.5').
30 New Moon at 21:39 UT. Start of lunation 1127.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
31 Mercury at greatest elongation, 18° E of Sun (evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. -0.5.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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