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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: January 2001

January Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
2 FIRST QUARTER 23006 pm
4 Earth is at its perihelion, or closest point to the Sun in its yearly orbit. 09004 am
6 Saturn is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 01008 pm
(Jan. 5)
6 Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 14009 am
9 FULL MOON
Total eclipse of the moon. As it passes through the shadow of the Earth, the moon turns a coppery-red color.
20003 pm
10 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 09004 am
13 Mercury is 2 degrees south of Neptune. 170012 noon
16 LAST QUARTER 13008 am
17 Venus is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 47 degrees east of the Sun. 06001 am
17 Mars is 4 degrees south of the Moon. 20003 pm
21 Ceres, the largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 7 minutes south of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 040011 pm
(Jan. 20)
22 Mercury is 0 degrees 4 minutes south of Uranus. 18001 pm
24 NEW MOON 13008 am
24 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 19002 pm
25 Jupiter appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 150010 am
25 Saturn appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 160011 am
26 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 030010 pm
(Jan. 25)
26 Neptune is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 040011 pm
(Jan. 25)
27 Vesta, the third-largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 8 minutes south of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 11006 am
28 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 18 degrees east of the Sun. 13008 am
28 Venus is 6 degrees north of the Moon. 14009 am

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