A brightening comet comes to northern skies, Earth at perihelion, southern solstice on Mars, Jupiter backs away from Regulus, Saturn heads into the scorpion's claws, and a Venus-Mercury close call are among the astronomy events of January 2015. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending January 3, 2015
A nearly full moon is close to orange Aldebaran in the Hyades V on the 2nd. The moon have the first of two lunistices this month on the 3rd. Then it will be full on the 5th. Lunar apogee this month in on the 9th as the moon passes Regulus. It goes south of the equator on the 11th, passes Spica as the last quarter phase begins on the 13th, and is close to Saturn on the 16th. Southern lunistice occurs on the 18th followed by new moon two days later. The moon crosses the equator going north on the 24th, hides Uranus from view for observers in eastern Russia and Mongolia on the 25th, and is next to Aldebaran again on the 29th. The second northern lunistice is on the 31st.
That nearly full moon will not make it easy to find Quadrantid meteors. The shower peaks ...