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  Sky Calendar -- January 2009
3 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 12:50 UT. Produces up to 100 medium-speed meteors per hour. Radiant is in the constellation Boötes. Parent comet is unknown. Very favorable this year.
The Quadrantids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar 2009 (IMO)
4 First Quarter Moon at 11:56 UT.
4 Mercury at greatest elongation, 19° east from Sun (evening sky) at 14h UT. Mag. -0.5, very low in the southwest 30 minutes after sunset.
4 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 15h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983273 a.u. or about 147.1 million kilometers.
7 Moon near the Pleiades at 19h UT (evening sky).
10 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 11h UT (357,497 km; 33.6').
11 Full Moon at 3:27 UT. The full Moon of January is called the Old Moon or the Moon After Yule in North American folklore.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
12 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 5h UT.
14 Venus at greatest elongation, 47° east from Sun (evening sky) at 21h UT. Mag. -4.4.
15 Moon near Saturn at 7h UT (morning sky).
17 Moon near Spica at 19h UT (morning sky).
18 Last Quarter Moon at 2:46 UT.
20 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 16h UT. Passes into the morning sky (not visible).
21 Moon very near Antares at 14h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from central S. America (daytime).
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
23 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 0h UT (distance 406,118 km; angular size 29.4').
24 Jupiter at conjunction with the Sun at 6h UT. Passes into the morning sky (not visible).
26 New Moon at 7:55 UT. Start of lunation 1065.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
26 Annular Solar Eclipse visible along a narrow path across the Indian Ocean and parts of Indonesia. Partial phases visible from southern Africa and (around sunset) Australia and southeast Asia.
Total Solar Eclipse of 2009 January 26 (NASA)
Eclipses in 2009 (Sky & Telescope)
30 Moon near Venus at 9h UT (46° from Sun, evening sky).
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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