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  Sky Calendar -- January 2012
1 First Quarter Moon at 6:15 UT.
2 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 20h UT (distance 404,579 km; angular size 29.5').
3 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. -2.6.
4 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 7h UT. Active between December 28 and January 12. Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern Boštes. Low moonlight makes for very favorable viewing conditions this year.
The Quadrantids (Gary Kronk)
The Quadrantids (IMO)
5 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 1h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 0.983284 a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers.
Sun at Aphelion and Perihelion (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
5 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 10h UT.
6 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 6h UT.
9 Full Moon at 7:31 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 19h UT.
12 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 9h UT.
13 Friday-the-13th, supposed to be unlucky. There are three Friday-13ths in 2012, 13 weeks apart from each other. Also, Friday falls on the 13th more often than any other day of the week.
Friday the 13th (Wikipedia)
14 Moon near Mars at 1h UT (morning sky). Mag. -0.1.
16 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 5h UT.
16 Last Quarter Moon at 9:08 UT.
16 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 17h UT. Mag. +0.6.
17 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 21h UT (369,886 km; 32.3').
19 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 12h UT.
23 New Moon at 7:40 UT. Start of lunation 1102.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Venus (39° from Sun, evening sky) at 14h UT. Mag. -4.1.
30 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 12h UT. Mag. -2.4.
30 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 18h UT (distance 404,323 km; angular size 29.6').
31 First Quarter Moon at 4:10 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.

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