Calendar with astronomical events for you to observe.
Opportunities for observation for January 2015:
Here's how it looks:
►02, 03 january 2015 - Quadrantids. Quadrantid meteor shower, get to have up to 40 meteors per hour, usually on 3 and 4 January, but may be visible on 1-5 January. The highest rate of meteors per hour took place in 1932 (80/ hour). The best time for observations is a dark place after midnight. Meteors radiate from the constellation Bootes, close to the North Star.
The source of this meteor shower was unknown until December 2003 when Peter Jenniskens of the Ames Research Center (NASA) found evidence that meteoroids come from 2003 EH1 , an "asteroid", which is probably a piece of a comet which collapsed 500 years ago.
Unfortunately, nearly full Moon will block most brilliant meteors this year. The best time for observing will be from a dark location after midnight.
►January 04, 2015 - Earth at perihelion. Earth reaches the closest point to the Sun, 0.98333 AU at 08:59.
►January 5, 2015 - Full Moon. The earth will be between the Sun and the Moon, and therefore, the Moon will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 04:53 GMT.
►January 9, 2015 - Moon at apogee. Luna reach the farthest point from Earth (405411 km from Earth), at 18:17 GMT
►January 11, 2015 - Mercury-Venus 0.6 ° at 01:00 GMT.
►January 13, 2015 - Moon at the last quarter. at 01:00 GMT.
►January 13, 2015 - Comet C / 2013 G9 (Tenagra) reaches perihelion, the closest position of the sun. It was discovered on April 15, 2013. No data yet about its orbit or diameter.
►January 14, 2015 - Comet 201P / LONEOS reaches perihelion, the closest position of the sun. It was discovered 09 August 2001. No data about its diameter. It has an orbit of 6.47 years.
►January 20, 2015 - New Moon. Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 13:14 GMT.
►January 21, 2015 - The moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth (359643 km from Earth) at 20:06 GMT
►January 21, 2015 - Mercury perihelion. The planet will be at its closest point to the Sun at 20:00.
►January 21, 2015 - Comet D / 1886 K1 (Brooks) reaches perihelion, the closest position of the sun. It was discovered on May 25, 1886. No data about its diameter. It has an orbit of 5.44 years.
►January 26, 2015 - The asteroid 357439 (2004 BL86) 3.1 Moon distances of our planet. It was discovered on January 30, 2004. Its diameter is 0.4-1 km. It has an orbit of 1.84 years.
►January 27, 2015 - Moon at the first quarter. at 04:48 GMT
►January 30, 2015 - Comet 7P / Pons-Winnecke reaches perihelion, the closest position of the sun. It was discovered on June 12, 1819. Its diameter is 5.2 km. It has an orbit of 6.37 years.
►January 30, 2015 - Mercury at inferior conjunction. Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun, at 14:00 GMT.
►January 31, 2015 - Asteroid (2008 CQ) 4.8 Moon distances from our planet. It has an orbit of 5.5 years.
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