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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Astronomy Calendar, January 2009


Sorry, this one's a few days late. I'll include all the events for records' sake.

  • January 3 - The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks today, with ZHR's as high as 120 meteors per hour! The meteor shower peaks at 13:00 UTC.

  • January 7 - A Lunar occultation of M45, the Pleiades, will be visible in Northern Europe at 17:00 UTC.

  • January 11 - Full Moon, known as the Ice Moon, occurs at 3:27 UTC.

  • January 15 - Saturn is 6 degrees North of the Moon.

  • January 21 - The Moon is 0.1 degrees North of the bright red star Antares. Observers in Southern Africa and South America will witness an occultation at 13:00 UTC.

  • January 26 - A partial solar eclipse occurs in Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

  • January 30 - Venus is 3 degrees South of the Moon.


As I hear of more events, I'll add them, so check back periodically! There's a comet on the way (Comet Lulin), which could reach 5th magnitude. I'll post finder charts and information within the next few days.

Clear skies!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

on 31st of december 2008 i observed the two alignments you discused and as i did, without a telescope, i noticed a bright light to the left of the moon. i guess that would be east. as i watched it got a little brighter then it diminished until it was gone altogether. can anyone tell me what i observed happening on the 31st of december 2008 around 17:45?

Anonymous said...

me again. i failed to mention that is central standard time and it was observed in texas.

Sean Welton said...

After checking heavens-above.com for your relative location, I would say that the object you saw may have been a spent Meteor 1-16 rocket body, which is a derelict upper stage rocket in a near polar orbit. Heavens-Above is a great website for both satellite pass prediction and looking for what you may have seen!

Sean

January 7, 2009 at 1:11 PM

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