Jan
22
Wed
Jupiter 0.4° North of the Moon (19:42 MST)
Jan 22 all-day
Jan
24
Fri
New Moon (14:42 MST)
Jan 24 all-day

New Moon

By the modern definition, New Moon occurs when the Moon and Sun are at the same geocentric ecliptic longitude. The part of the Moon facing us is completely in shadow then. Pictured here is the traditional New Moon, the earliest visible waxing crescent, which signals the start of a new month in many lunar and lunisolar calendars.

Moon overview on solarsystem.nasa.gov

Jan
25
Sat
Chinese New Year. (Year of the Rat)
Jan 25 all-day
Jan
27
Mon
F.G. von Bellingshausen & MP Lazarev discover Antarctica, 1820
Jan 27 all-day

A commemorative coin of the Bank of Russia dedicated to the first Russian Antarctic expedition

Fabian Gottlieb Thaddeus von Bellingshausen was a Baltic German naval officer in the Imperial Russian Navy, cartographer and explorer, who ultimately rose to the rank of admiral. He participated in the First Russian circumnavigation of the globe and subsequently became a leader of another circumnavigation expedition that discovered the continent of Antarctica. – Wikipedia

Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev  was a Russian fleet commander and an explorer; as a commander of the ship Mirny and von Bellingshausen’s deputy on his 1819–1821 world cruise in Lazarev took part in the discovery of Antarctica and numerous islands. On 28 January 1820 the expedition discovered the Antarctic mainland, approaching the Antarctic coast at the coordinates 69°21′28″S 2°14′50″W and seeing ice-fields there. – Wikipedia

Jan
28
Tue
Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas
Jan 28 all-day

Articles about St. Thomas Aquinas on the VOF Faith and Science Archive website.

 

Moon at Apogee (14:28 MST)
Jan 28 all-day
Jan
30
Thu
E. Bransfield Discovers Antarctica, 1820
Jan 30 all-day
Antarctica

Antarctica. Credit: Wikipedia

Edward Bransfield, (born c. 1785—died 1852), English naval officer believed to have been the first to sight the Antarctic mainland and to chart a portion of it.

Master aboard HMS Andromache at Valparaíso, Chile, he was appointed to sail the two-masted brig Williams in order to chart the recently sighted South Shetland Islands, which lie near the Antarctic Peninsula. Under Bransfield’s command, the Williams arrived at the South Shetlands in January 1820, landed on King George Island to take formal possession, and coasted past Deception Island. Turning southward into what is now called the Bransfield Strait, he sighted and charted “high mountains, covered with snow,” now Mounts Bransfield and Jacquinot on the Antarctic mainland (January 30, 1820). The charts survive in the hydrographic department of the British Admiralty at Taunton, Somerset, England. – Encyclopedia Britannica

Feb
2
Sun
Bertrand Russell died, 1970 (b. 1872).
Feb 2 all-day

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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl RussellOM FRS (/ˈrʌsəl/; 18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, essayist, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate. At various points in his life, Russell considered himself a liberal, a socialistand a pacifist, although he also confessed that his sceptical nature had led him to feel that he had “never been any of these things, in any profound sense.” Russell was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom.

In the early 20th century, Russell led the British “revolt against idealism“. He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege, colleague G. E. Moore and protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is widely held to be one of the 20th century’s premier logicians. With A. N. Whitehead he wrote Principia Mathematica, an attempt to create a logical basis for mathematics, the quintessential work of classical logic. His philosophical essay “On Denoting” has been considered a “paradigm of philosophy”. His work has had a considerable influence on mathematics, logicset theorylinguisticsartificial intelligencecognitive sciencecomputer science (see type theory and type system) and philosophy, especially the philosophy of languageepistemology and metaphysics. – Wikipedia

 

Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas).
Feb 2 all-day

A tapestry from Strasbourg depicting the Purification of the Virgin Mary and the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple.

Candlemas (also spelled Candlemass), also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ and the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Christian Holy Day commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It is based upon the account of the presentation of Jesus in Luke 2:22–40. In accordance with Leviticus 12: a woman was to be purified by presenting lamb as a burnt offering, and either a young pigeon or dove as sin offering, 33 days after a boy’s circumcision. It falls on February 2, which is traditionally the 40th day of the ChristmasEpiphany season. – Wikipedia