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  Sky Calendar -- January 2015
Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) peaks in brightness (mag. 4). Well placed in the evening sky all month (refer to map). Look for a bright fuzzy object with a dim tail. Best seen in binoculars or telescope.
Binocular Comet Lovejoy Heading Our Way (Sky & Telescope)
1 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 17h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
2 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 12h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
4 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 2h UT. Active between December 28 and January 12. Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern Boötes.
The Quadrantids (Gary Kronk)
4 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 7h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983277 a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers.
Sun at Aphelion and Perihelion (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
5 Full Moon at 4:53 UT.
5 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 23h UT.
7 Moon near Beehive Cluster (morning sky) at 2h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
8 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 6h UT. Mag. -2.5.
9 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 0h UT.
9 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 18h UT (distance 405,408 km; angular size 29.5').
11 Mercury 0.65° W of Venus (18° from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT. Mags. -0.7 and -3.9.
13 Last Quarter Moon at 9:46 UT.
13 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 12h UT.
14 Mercury at greatest elongation, 19° east of Sun (evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. -0.6. Near Venus.
16 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 12h UT. Mag. +0.6.
20 Mars 0.21° SSE of Neptune (36° from Sun, evening sky) at 0h UT. Mags. +1.2 and +8.0.
20 New Moon at 13:14 UT. Start of lunation 1139.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
21 Moon near Mercury (16° from Sun, evening sky) at 18h UT. Mag. +0.6.
21 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 20h UT (359,645 km; angular size 33.2').
22 Moon near Venus (22° from Sun, evening sky) at 2h UT. Mag. -3.9.
23 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 3h UT. Mag. +1.2.
25 Moon near Uranus (evening sky) at 12h UT. Mag. +5.9. Occultation in northern Asia, Russia, the Middle East, southern Europe, and the northern half of Africa.
27 First Quarter Moon at 7:48 UT.
28 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 22h UT.
29 Moon very near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 18h UT. Occultation visible from northern Canada.
30 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 14h UT. Not visible. The elusive planet passes into the morning sky.
Superior & Inferior Conjunctions (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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