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USPS Star Calendar for 15-21 January 8 January 2012

Posted by amedalen in January 2012.
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15 Jan    Spica and Saturn are to the moon’s upper left in the southern sky before dawn. Growing closer, Venus and Jupiter are less than 6 fist-widths apart tonight.

16 Jan    The last-quarter moon is high in the south before dawn, with Spica 2 finger-widths to the upper right and Saturn 3 finger-widths to the upper left. The bright star 3½ fist-widths above the moon is magnitude 0.2 Arcturus.

17 Jan    The moon is at perigee, 57.99 Earth-radii, 370,000 kilometers, away.

18 Jan    The thin waning crescent moon is just to the right of the head of the Scorpion constellation, Scorpius, low in the south before first light.

19 Jan    Before dawn, the thin waning crescent moon will be low in the southeast with Antares less than 2 finger-widths to the lower right. Only about 20 percent of the moon is illuminated.

20 Jan    The thin waning crescent moon rises less than 2½ hours before the sun this morning. About 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

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