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Sun, Moon, and Stars: January 2001

Movement of the heavenly bodies: January 2001

 

January Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
2 FIRST QUARTER 2300 6 pm
4 Earth is at its perihelion, or closest point to the Sun in its yearly orbit. 0900 4 am
6 Saturn is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 0100 8 pm
(Jan. 5)
6 Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 1400 9 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.
2000 3 pm
10 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 0900 4 am
13 Mercury is 2 degrees south of Neptune. 1700 12 noon
16 LAST QUARTER 1300 8 am
17 Venus is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 47 degrees east of the Sun. 0600 1 am
17 Mars is 4 degrees south of the Moon. 2000 3 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. 0400 11 pm
(Jan. 20)
22 Mercury is 0 degrees 4 minutes south of Uranus. 1800 1 pm
24 NEW MOON 1300 8 am
24 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 1900 2 pm
25 Jupiter appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 1500 10 am
25 Saturn appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 1600 11 am
26 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 0300 10 pm
(Jan. 25)
26 Neptune is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 0400 11 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. 1100 6 am
28 Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 18 degrees east of the Sun. 1300 8 am
28 Venus is 6 degrees north of the Moon. 1400 9 am