What's Happening This Month
Showing in January
Astronomical Events Happening in January
Jan 3, 4 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower. An above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. Thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003. The shower runs annually from January 1-5, peaking on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes but can appear anywhere in the sky.
January 7 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet in the western sky just after sunset.
January 17 – Full Moon. A full moon occurs when one side of the moon is fully illuminated from our perspective on Earth. The sun, earth, and moon are lined up, with the earth in the middle. This positioning allows full illumination because the rays of the sun are fully and directly hitting the moon from an Earth perspective.