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What's In The Sky - January 2020

1 Jan 2020, 15:16 UTC
What's In The Sky - January 2020
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January kicks off the New Year with wonderful sights for backyard astronomers to enjoy with friends and family. Don't forget to bundle up on clear, cold evenings as you explore the sparkling night sky. Here are a few of our top picks for January stargazers: Quadrantid Meteor Shower The Quadrantid Meteor Shower will be the first substantial meteor shower of 2020, with an estimated peak rate of around 120 meteors per hour. The shower will be active until January 12th, but peak rates are expected around 01:00 PST on January 4th. The Moon will be at first quarter but fortunately will set around midnight providing little interference. Don’t miss the Quadrantid meteor shower peak on 4 January 2019. Image Credit: Astronomy NowNew Moon The nights around January 24th will be the best nights for observations due to the dark skies resulting from the New Moon. Bundle up, grab a telescope and your astrophotography gear and get out there to view and image those elusive fainter deep sky objects. January Close Approaches The Moon & Mars 2°40' 07:00 PST January 20Venus & Neptune 0°18' 18:00 PST January 27Orion High in the Sky Their namesake constellation will be well-placed for backyard astronomers ...

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