|JANUARY 2008 SKY CALENDAR
A spectacular pairing of the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, will occur before dawn on February 1st. You can monitor their approach to each other before sunrise starting in mid-January, but particularly the last week.
The Quadrantid meteors may peak around 2 a.m. on the 4th.
On the 19th check out the lopsided Moon approaching very close to Mars at sunset in the west with binoculars.
Tue. 8th: New
Tue. 15th: First Quarter
Mon. 21st: Full
Tue. 29th: Last Quarter
MOON, PLANET AND STAR DANCES:
Tue. 1st: Moon and the star Spica in Virgo before dawn
Sat. 5th: Moon and the star Antares in Scorpius before dawn
Wed. 9th: Skinny Moon and Mercury just after sunset in west
Wed. 16th: Moon and stars in Aries in evening
Thu. 17th: Moon above Pleiades star cluster in evening
Sat. 19th: Moon and Mars almost hug in evening
Mon. 21st: Moon and the star Pollux, a Gemini Twin in evening
Thu. 24th: Moon and Saturn in evening
Mon. 28th: Jupiter and Venus four degrees apart before dawn
Wed. 30th: Jupiter and Venus two degrees apart before dawn
Thu. 31st: Jupiter and Venus 1.2 degrees apart before dawn
Many other sky legends may be found in "Soap Operas Of The Sky", a stargazing guide by Jeannie Kuich.