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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: January 2002

January Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1 Jupiter is at opposition, that is, Jupiter and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of the Earth. 06001 am
2 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 07002 am
2 Earth is at its perihelion, or closest point to the Sun in its yearly orbit. 14009 am
6 LAST QUARTER 040011 pm
(Jan. 5)
8 Pallas, the second-largest asteroid, is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Pallas and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 22005 pm
9 Mercury is 1 degree 3 minutes south of Neptune. 050012 am
(midnight)
11 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 19 degrees east of the Sun 23006 pm
13 NEW MOON 13008 am
14 Venus is in superior conjunction, that is, Venus and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 12007 am
15 Mercury is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 02009 pm
(Jan. 14)
15 Uranus is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 22005 pm
16 Vesta, the third-largest asteroid, appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 170012 pm
(noon)
18 Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its direct motion changes to apparent backward, or retrograde, motion. 09004 am
18 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 09004 am
18 Mars is 5 degrees north of the Moon. 22005 pm
21 FIRST QUARTER 18001 pm
24 Saturn is 0 degrees 8 minutes south of the Moon. Saturn is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 160011 am
26 Jupiter is 0 degrees 9 minutes south of the Moon. Jupiter is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 19002 pm
27 Mercury is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Mercury. 19002 pm
28 Neptune is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Neptune and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 14009 am
28 FULL MOON 23006 pm
30 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 09004 am

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