Jan
1
Wed
Moon at Apogee (18:30 MST)
Jan 1 all-day
New Year’s Day
Jan 1 all-day
Jan
4
Sat
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Jan 4 all-day

Quadrantids Meteor Shower

Period of activity: December 27th, 2019 to January 10th, 2020. 

Peak: Jan 3-4, 2020 – the moon will be 4% full.

The Quadrantids have the potential to be the strongest shower of the year but usually fall short due to the short length of maximum activity (6 hours) and the poor weather experienced during early January. The average hourly rates one can expect under dark skies is 25. These meteors usually lack persistent trains but often produce bright fireballs. Due to the high northerly declination (celestial latitude) these meteors are not well seen from the southern hemisphere.

Shower details – Radiant: 15:18 +49.5° – ZHR: 120 – Velocity: 26 miles/sec (medium – 42.2km/sec) – Parent Object: 2003 EH (Asteroid)

Data from the American Meteor Society.

Interactive animation from MeteorShowers.org.

Jan
5
Sun
Earth at Perihelion
Jan 5 all-day
Max Born died, (b. 1882)
Jan 5 all-day

 

Max Born

Max Born was a German-Jewish physicist and mathematician who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics.

Max Born on Wikipedia.

 

Jan
6
Mon
Feast of the Epiphany
Jan 6 all-day

Articles about the Feast of the Epiphany on the VOF Faith and Science Archive website.

 

Jan
12
Sun
Royal Astronomical Society founded, 1820
Jan 12 all-day
Jan
13
Mon
Moon at Perigee (13:20 MST)
Jan 13 all-day
Saturn in Conjunction with the Sun
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Jan
14
Tue
New Year in Julian Calendar
Jan 14 all-day