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  Sky Calendar -- January 2016
2 Last Quarter Moon at 5:30 UT.
2 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 12h UT (distance 404,277 km; angular size 29.6').
2 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 23h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983304 a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers.
Sun at Aphelion and Perihelion (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
3 Moon near Spica (78° from Sun, morning sky) at 7h UT.
3 Moon near Mars (73° from Sun, morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +1.2.
4 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 8h UT. Active between December 28 and January 12. Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern Boötes.
Quadrantids (Wikipedia)
The Quadrantids (Gary Kronk)
7 Moon, Venus and Saturn within a 3.6° circle (36° from Sun, morning sky) at 4h UT. Mags. -4.0 & +0.5.
9 Venus 0.08° N of Saturn (36° from Sun, morning sky) at 4h UT. Mags. -4.0 & +0.5.
10 New Moon at 1:31 UT. Start of lunation 1151.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
14 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 14h UT. Not visible. The elusive planet passes into the morning sky.
15 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 2h UT (369,619 km; angular size 32.3').
16 First Quarter Moon at 23:26 UT.
19 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 9h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
20 Moon very near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 2h UT. Occultation visible from USA and Canada.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
24 Full Moon at 1:46 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
24 Moon near Beehive cluster (midnight sky) at 10h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
26 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 4h UT.
28 Moon near Jupiter (135° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. -2.3.
30 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 404,553 km; angular size 29.5').
30 Moon near Spica (106° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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