Happy New Years and welcome to 2022! Days are beginning to get longer, and Moon’s cycle restarts almost in line with the new year. The Earth will be at its closest point to the Sun, despite how cold winter weather usually is. The Quandrantid Meteor Shower will give a spectacular show with over 120 meteors per hour.
The upcoming cold nights makes January one of the best months for viewing constellations, especially the Winter Triangle Asterism. An asterism is a recognizable pattern of stars which is not a constellation. The Winter Triangle is an asterism viewable during the winter months that creates a triangle between the following stars:
Siruis, of Canis Major, the brightest star in the night sky
Betelgeuse, of Orion, the Hunter
Procyon, of Canis Minor, the Little Dog
In the middle of the Winter Triangle is the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn.
The Winter Triangle, image made using Stellarium, a free open-source planetarium.
Happy New Years from Wild Hemlock!
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Check out the Glossary of Astronomical Events if you need any explanations!
|First Quarter Moon|
|Third Quarter Moon|
All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST) or Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT).
|Moon Name:||Wolf Moon|
Quandrantid Meteor Shower
|Radiant Point Constellation:||Bootes|
|Peak Date:||January 3rd|
|Best Time, EST:||After 9 PM or Before Dawn|
|Direction to Look:||North Northeast, near horizon|
γ-Ursae Minorid Meteor Shower
|Radiant Point Constellation:||Ursa Minor, or the Little Dipper|
|Peak Date:||January 19th|
|Best Time, EST:||Anytime After Dark|
|Direction to Look:||Zenith|
The Earth is at its closest point
to the Sun.
Inferior Solar Conjunction
In line between the Earth
and the Sun
|Mercury and Saturn|
in Solar Conjunction
On opposite side of Sun
from the Earth
Planet reverses apparent
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