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  Sky Calendar -- January 2022
1 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 22:53 UT (distance 358,033 km; angular size 33.4'). 20 hours before New Moon.
2 New Moon at 18:35 UT. Start of lunation 1225.
3 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks at 21h UT. Active between December 28 and January 12. Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern Boötes.
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
Quadrantids (Wikipedia)
4 Moon near Mercury at 3h UT (19° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −0.7.
4 Earth at Perihelion (closest to Sun) at 7h UT. The Sun- Earth distance is 0.983337 a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers.
Sun at Aphelion and Perihelion (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
4 Moon near Saturn at 19h UT (evening sky). Mag. 0.7.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
6 Moon near Jupiter at 4h UT (evening sky). Mag. −2.1.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
7 Moon shows maximum libration for the year (9.9°) at 5h UT.
7 Mercury at greatest elongation east at 11h UT (19° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −0.6
9 Venus at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 1h UT. The brightest planet passes into the morning sky.
9 First Quarter Moon at 18:12 UT.
13 Moon near the Pleiades at 5h UT (evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near Aldebaran at 23h UT (evening sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
14 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 405,805 km; angular size 29.4').
17 Moon near Castor at 11h UT (evening sky).
17 Moon near Pollux at 16h UT (evening sky).
17 Full Moon at 23:50 UT.
18 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 20h UT (morning sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
20 Moon near Regulus at 15h UT (morning sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
23 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 10h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
24 Moon near Spica at 19h UT (morning sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
25 Last Quarter Moon at 13:42 UT.
28 Moon near Antares at 2h UT (morning sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
29 Moon near Mars at 16h UT (36° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. 1.4.
Mars (Wikipedia)
30 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 7:09 UT (distance 362,252km; angular size 33.0').
31 Moon near Mercury at 3h UT (16° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. 1.5.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • US Pacific Standard Time = UT − 8 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Daylight Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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