Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of January, 2014:
January 1— New Moon, 6:14 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.
January 3, 4 — – Quadrantids Meteor Shower. A strong shower, radiating from the constellation BoÃ¶tes. Can produce up to 120 meteors per hour at its peak. A thin crescent Moon during peak will result in excellent viewing this year.
January 4 — Earth at perihelion (its closest point to the Sun). 7 a.m.
January 4 — Latest sunrise of the year for 40º North Latitude.
January 15 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).
January 15 — Full Moon, 12:19 a.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.
January 17— First Quarter Moon, 10:39 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
January 24 — Last Quarter Moon, 12:19 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
January 30 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).
January 30 — New Moon, 4:38 p.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.