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Astronomy Info & Events: January

Moon Phases

January 5 New Moon

January 13 First Quarter Moon

January 20 Full Moon (called the Wolf Moon) and total lunar eclipse!

January 27 Last Quarter Moon

Special Events

January 1 Venus is located a little over a 1 degree south of the waning crescent Moon. Nice morning conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter low in the southeastern sky.

January 2 Earth at perihelion (closest distance to the Sun) 147,099,761 km

January 3/4 Quadrantid meteor shower peaks. From a dark location you may be able to see over 120 meteors per hour. One of the stronger meteor showers this year!

January 5 Venus will be at its greatest western elongation (47 degrees away from the Sun)

January 12 Mars will be 5 degrees north of the waxing crescent Moon

January 20 Total lunar eclipse visible from all of North America!

Times for Edmonton are:

Partial eclipse begins: 8:33 p.m.

Total eclipse begins: 9:41 p.m.

Mid-eclipse: 10:12 p.m.

Total eclipse ends: 10:43 p.m.

Partial eclipse ends: 11:50 p.m.

Special programming inside and outside at the TELUS World of Science Edmonton

(Weather permitting) See the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton’s website for more information.

January 22 Close conjunction of Jupiter and Venus low in the southeastern sky before sunrise

January 31 Close conjunction of the waning crescent Moon with the planet Venus low in the southeastern sky before sunrise.

Visible Planets

Mercury may be found with difficulty very low along the southeastern horizon before sunrise at the start of the month.

Venus in located low in the southeastern sky before sunrise, starting out in the constellation of Libra, the scales, at the start of the month and ending in the constellation of Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer, by the end of the month. Look for nice conjunctions of Venus with both Jupiter and the Moon at the start and end of the month.

Mars is located in the constellation of Pisces, the fish, and is visible in the southwestern sky at sunset. Look for the waxing crescent Moon passing by Mars on the evening of January 9.

Jupiter is seen very low in the southwestern sky before sunrise this month. Look for a nice conjunction of Jupiter with the planet Venus on the morning of January 22. Jupiter is located in the lower portion of the constellation of Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer. Jupiter can be seen shining brightly near the waning crescent Moon on the morning of January 3 and again on January 30.

Saturn is not visible this month as it will be in conjunction with the Sun on January 1.

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