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  Sky Calendar -- January 2019
1 Moon near Venus (47° from Sun, morning sky) at 22h UT. Mag. −4.5.
3 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 5h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983301 a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers.
Sun at Aphelion and Perihelion (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
3 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 8h UT. Mag. −1.8.
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.
Quadrantids (Wikipedia)
2019 Meteor Shower Calendar (PDF) (IMO)
6 New Moon at 1:28 UT. Start of lunation 1188.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
6 Partial Eclipse of the Sun at 1:41 UT (greatest). Visible from NE Asia and north Pacific. Begins at 23:34 (Jan 5) and ends at 3:49 UT.
Solar Eclipses: 2011 - 2030 (Mr Eclipse)
NASA Solar Eclipse Page (NASA)
Partial Solar Eclipse of 2019 January 6 (GIF) (NASA)
6 Venus at greatest elongation west (47° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Mag. −4.4.
9 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 4h UT (distance 406,117 km; angular size 29.4').
13 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. 0.6.
Mars (Wikipedia)
14 First Quarter Moon at 6:45 UT.
16 Venus 7.8° N of Antares (47° from Sun, morning sky) at 23h UT. Mags. −4.4 and 1.1. Jupiter nearby.
17 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 1h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
17 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 19h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
21 Total Eclipse of the Moon begins at 4:41 UT and ends at 5:43 UT. Mid-eclipse at 5:13 UT. Partial phases begin at 3:34 UT and end at 6:51 UT. Moon appears red-orange in color during totality (the color of Earth's sunsets). Visible from central Pacific, North and South America, Europe, and Africa.
Lunar Eclipses: 2011 - 2030 (Mr Eclipse)
NASA Lunar Eclipse Page (NASA)
Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019 January 21 (PDF) (NASA)
21 Full Moon at 5:16 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
21 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 20:00 UT (357,342 km; angular size 33.4').
22 Venus 2.4° N of Jupiter (46° from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. Mags. −4.3 and −1.8. A spectacular sight over several days.
23 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 4h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 21h UT.
27 Last Quarter Moon at 21:11 UT.
31 Moon near Jupiter (53° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. −1.9.
31 Moon near Venus (45° from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT. Mag. −4.3. Spectacular occultation visible from w South America and Polynesia.
Venus (Wikipedia)
Occultation of Venus (IOTA)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • USA Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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