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  Sky Calendar -- January 2006
1 Moon near Venus at 13h UT (19° from Sun, evening sky).
1 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 23h UT (distance 361,750 km; size 33.0').
3 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 16:20 UT. Produces medium-speed meteors (up to 100 per hour). Radiant in the constellation Bootes. Parent comet is unknown.
4 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 16h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983327 a.u. or about 147.1 million kilometers.
6 First Quarter Moon at 18:56 UT.
8 Moon near Mars at 19h UT (evening sky). Mag. -0.4.
10 Moon very near the Pleiades at 2h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from North America and northern parts of South America.
13 Venus at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 24h UT. The planet passes into the morning sky.
14 Moon near Pollux at 8h UT (midnight sky).
14 Full Moon at 9:48 UT. The full Moon of January is called the "Old Moon" or the "Moon After Yule" in North American folklore.
15 Moon near Saturn at 16h UT (morning sky). Mag. -0.2.
17 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 405,885 km; angular size 29.4').
17 Moon near Regulus at 10h UT (morning sky).
21 Moon very near Spica at 21h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from Asia and Indonesia.
22 Last Quarter Moon at 15:14 UT.
23 Moon near Jupiter at 17h UT (morning sky). Mag. -1.9.
25 Moon very near Antares at 10h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from southern Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador.
27 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 23h UT. Visible all night long, the ringed planet is at its brightest (mag. -0.2) and closest (disk diameter 20.5") all year. Saturn's rings appear magnificent even in a small telescope.
29 New Moon at 14:15 UT. Beginning of lunation 1028.
30 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 8h UT (distance 357,778 km; size 33.4').
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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