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USPS Star Calendar for 16 to 22 January 9 January 2011

Posted by amedalen in January 2011.
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16 Jan    As the sky darkens, look for the waxing gibbous moon high in the east. Orion is to the lower right, and the Gemini Twins are to the lower left. Later, the moon rises high in the south with Orion standing upright directly below it and the Twins to its left or upper left.

17 Jan    Tonight, the moon is to the upper left of Orion, the Hunter. More than 95 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

18 Jan    The moon rises an hour before sunset. As the stars become visible, the Gemini Twins are 1 fist-width to the left, and Orion is 2 to 3 fist-widths to the right. The bright star 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s lower left is magnitude 0.5 Procyon.

19 Jan    Late tonight, Procyon is 1½ fist-widths to the moon’s left high in the east, magnitude 1.3 Regulus is 2½ fist-widths to the lower left, and the Big Dipper stands on its handle far to the lower left. Full Wolf Moon at 2121 UT

20 Jan    Regulus is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left this evening.

21 Jan    Tonight the waning gibbous moon has moved to Regulus’ lower right.

22 Jan    The moon is at perigee, less than 225,558 miles or 56.88 Earth-radii away.

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