What's up in the night sky from Dec 30 thru Jan 5

Dec 30

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12/30/2013 3:18 PM  RssIcon

Here's what's happening in the night sky for the week of December 30, 2013 thru January 5, 2014

Want to see what's up in the sky this week? This daily reminder chart will let you know lots of individual, time-sensitive events occurring in the night sky for amateur astronomers to observe naked eye, with binoculars and sometimes a telescope.

Not sure how to convert the Universal Times to your local time zone? For U.S. observers, click here. For other visitors, check this site.

Monday, Dec 30

Tuesday, Dec 31:

Wednesday, Jan 1:

Venus and Young Moon, 30 minutes past sunsetThursday, Jan 2:

  • Venus is 2 degrees north of the Moon; in Americas, look for Moon 7 degrees north of Venus 30 minutes past sundown (see graphic at right)
  • Messier 35 is a superb, large open cluster to see in Gemini

Friday, Jan 3:

  • Quadrantid meteor shower peaks at 20:00 UT - look early evening in Europe/Americas 
  • Algol at minimum 03:16 UT

Saturday, Jan 4:

  • Earth is at perihelion (closest distance to Sun) at 12:00 UT

Sunday Jan 5:

  • Jupiter reaches opposition, 21:00 UT - look in Gemini throughout night and morning hours

Not sure how to convert the Universal Times to your local time zone? For U.S. observers, click here. For other visitors, check this site.

Want to know how to find and see these sights and more in the night sky with binoculars or a small telescope? Check out the homepage. For recent videos of other celestial sights to see, click the "Videos" link at the top of this page.


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