Sun, Moon, and Stars: January 2000

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Movement of the heavenly bodies: January 2000

 

January Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
3 Venus is 1 degree south of the Moon. 0400 12 am
(midnight)
3 Earth is at its perihelion, or closest point to the Sun in its yearly orbit. 0500 1 am
3 Vesta, the third-largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 2 minutes south of the Moon. Vesta is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 1200 8 am
4 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 1200 8 am
6 NEW MOON 1800 2 pm
7 Venus 7 degrees north of Antares. 1000 6 am
8 Neptune 0 degrees 2 minutes north of the Moon. Neptune is occulted by the Moon. 0600 2 am
9 Uranus 0 degrees 4 minutes north of the Moon. Uranus is occulted by the Moon. 0500 1 am
10 Mars 1 degree 9 minutes north of the Moon. Mars is occulted by the Moon. 1900 3 pm
13 Saturn appears to be motionless in the sky as its direct motion changes to apparent backward, or retrograde, motion. 0200 10 pm
(Jan. 12)
14 FIRST QUARTER 1400 10 am
14 Jupiter is 4 degrees north of the Moon. 1500 11 am
15 Saturn is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 1700 1 pm
16 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 0100 9 pm
(Jan. 15)
17 Aldebaran is 1 degree 2 minutes south of the Moon. Aldebaran is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 2000 4 pm
19 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 2300 7 pm
21 FULL MOON (eclipse) 0500 1 am
24 Neptune in conjunction with the Sun. 1800 2 pm
27 Pallas at opposition 0300 11 pm
(Jan. 26)
28 LAST QUARTER 0800 4 am
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