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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to January 2012

Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to January 2012

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of January, 2012:

January 1— First Quarter Moon, 1:15 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

January 2 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).

January 3, 4 — – Quadrantids Meteor Shower. A strong shower, radiating from the constellation Boötes. Can have up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. Dark skies after midnight will allow for prime viewing.

January 4 — Earth at perehelion (its closest point to the Sun). 8 p.m.

January 9 — Full Moon, 2:30 a.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.

January 16— Last Quarter Moon, 4:08 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

January 17 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).

January 23— New Moon, 2:39 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

January 29— First Quarter Moon, 11:10 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

January 30 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).

9 Responses

  1. Hi Anita,
    Here’s a story we ran a couple of years ago about rings around the Moon: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2009/08/17/ring-around-the-moon/

    by Jaime McLeod on Jan 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

  2. on january 10th around 8 p.m. we saw the moon with a yellow glow about it what does that mean? and it looked like it had a ring around it the 8th and 9th? we like looking at the sky but do not understand these things…can you help?

    by Anita on Jan 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm

  3. WE should be able to see it..here in southeast SD,,,yaya

    by Tammy on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm

  4. Those in the northern hem will be able to see the meteor shower. However its way too cold to be out after midnight.

    by Stephanie on Jan 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  5. Rachelle, The shower should be visible to anyone in the Northern Hemisphere, provided the skies are clear. To increase your chances of seeing some activity, go out into the country, away from light pollution.

    by Jaime McLeod on Dec 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

  6. The stars & moon amazes me.

    by Betty Smith on Dec 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

  7. We have had beautiful weather here in Central Oregon and hardly any clouds so we will see it here I am sure

    by Pam on Dec 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm

  8. Most likely us in beautiful sunny “dr” California! Unless the weather pattern changes soon.

    by Solomons Gardens Nursery on Dec 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

  9. who will be able to see the meteor showers on Jan 3,4th?

    by Rachelle on Dec 28, 2011 at 11:52 am

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