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  Sky Calendar -- January 2008
Comet 17P/Holmes remains visible in binoculars but is now very much fainter. The January 2008 sky map places it directly above for mid-northern latitude observers. Southern hemisphere observers may be able to catch a glimpse of Holmes just above their northern horizon.
Comet 17P/Holmes (Gary W. Kronk's Cometography)
Comet Holmes Photo Gallery (Spaceweather.com)
Comet 8P/Tuttle will hopefully become an easy binocular object in early January. The Evening Sky Map shows the daily path of Comet Tuttle throughout the month. Note, positions are for 0 hours UT on the nominated dates so please adjust for your local circumstances.
Comet 8P/Holmes (Gary W. Kronk's Cometography)
The Other Bright Comet of 2007/2008 (Sky & Telescope)
1 Moon near Spica at 13h UT (morning sky).
3 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 0h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983280 a.u. or about 147.1 million kilometers.
3 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 8h UT (distance 405,331 km; angular size 29.5').
4 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 06:40 UT. Produces up to 100 medium-speed meteors per hour. Radiant is in the constellation Boötes. Parent comet is unknown. Very favorable viewing conditions in 2008.
Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 (IMO)
5 Moon very near Antares at 10h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from western South America.
8 Venus near Antares at 1h UT (morning sky).
8 New Moon at 11:37 UT. Start of lunation 1052.
15 First Quarter Moon at 19:46 UT.
18 Moon near the Pleiades at 6h UT (evening sky). Occultation of some stars visible from Northern North America and Northern Asia.
Occultation of the Pleiades (IOTA)
19 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 9h UT (366,430 km; 32.6').
20 Moon near Mars at 0h UT (evening sky). Mag. -1.0. Occultation visible from NW North America and Arctic.
Occultation of Mars (IOTA)
21 Moon near Pollux at 23h UT (midnight sky).
22 Mercury at greatest elongation, 19° east from Sun (evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. -0.5, low in the west-southwest soon after sunset.
22 Full Moon at 13:35 UT. The full Moon of January is called the Old Moon or the Moon After Yule in North American folklore.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
22 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 23h UT (midnight sky).
24 Moon very near Regulus at 15h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from Australasia and New Zealand.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
25 Moon near Saturn at 4h UT (morning sky). Mag. +0.4.
28 Moon near Spica at 21h UT (morning sky).
30 Last Quarter Moon at 5:03 UT.
31 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 4h UT (distance 404,533 km; angular size 29.5').
31 Venus near Jupiter (morning sky). Visible together in a low-power telescope.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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