peaks at 22h UT. Active between December 28 and January 12. Produces up
to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern Boφtes.
Quadrantids (Gary Kronk)
(morning sky) at 8h UT. Occultation visible from Alaska, northern
Canada, Greenland and Iceland.
of Regulus (IOTA)
at 22:25 UT.
at superior conjunction
with the Sun at 6h UT. Passes into the evening sky (not visible).
near Jupiter and Mars
(60° from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mags. −1.9 and 1.4.
0.6° S of Saturn
(20° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mags −0.3 and 0.5.
(farthest from Earth) at 2h UT (distance 406,464 km; angular size
(evening sky) at 9h UT. Occultation visible from NW Canada, Alaska, NE
of Aldebaran (IOTA)
(closest to Earth) at 10h UT (358,994 km; angular size 33.3').
near Beehive cluster
M44 (midnight sky) at 7h UT.
Eclipse of the Moon
begins at 12:52 UT and ends at 14:08 UT. Mid-eclipse at 13:30 UT.
Partial phases begin at 11:48 UT and end at 15:11 UT. The Moon will
appear red-orange in color during totality (the color of Earth's
sunsets). Visible from west North America, the Pacific, Australia, New
Zealand, Asia, Russia and India.
Eclipses: 2011 - 2030 (NASA)
Lunar Eclipse of 2018 January 31 (PDF) (NASA)
at 13:27 UT.
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)