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Sun, Moon, and Stars: January 2001

Movement of the heavenly bodies: January 2001

 

January Calendar

Moon PhaseDayPhenomenonHour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
2FIRST QUARTER23006 pm
4Earth is at its perihelion, or closest point to the Sun in its yearly orbit.09004 am
6Saturn is 2 degrees north of the Moon.01008 pm
(Jan. 5)
6Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon.14009 am
9FULL MOON
Total eclipse of the moon. As it passes through the shadow of the Earth, the moon turns a coppery-red color.
20003 pm
10The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.09004 am
13Mercury is 2 degrees south of Neptune.170012 noon
16LAST QUARTER13008 am
17Venus is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 47 degrees east of the Sun.06001 am
17Mars is 4 degrees south of the Moon.20003 pm
21Ceres, 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)
22Mercury is 0 degrees 4 minutes south of Uranus.18001 pm
24NEW MOON13008 am
24The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit.19002 pm
25Jupiter appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion.150010 am
25Saturn appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion.160011 am
26Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun.030010 pm
(Jan. 25)
26Neptune is 2 degrees north of the Moon.040011 pm
(Jan. 25)
27Vesta, 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
28Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 18 degrees east of the Sun.13008 am
28Venus is 6 degrees north of the Moon.14009 am