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275,807 viewsJan 4, 2020, 10:00pm Get Ready For A ‘Wolf Moon Eclipse’ To Kick-Off ‘Ye
06-01-2020, 04:19 PM
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275,807 viewsJan 4, 2020, 10:00pm Get Ready For A ‘Wolf Moon Eclipse’ To Kick-Off ‘Ye
Are you feeling warm? Sunday, January 5, 2020 is “perihelion day”, the day of the year when Earth makes its annual closest approach to the sun.

For those in the frigid northern hemisphere, that seems to make little sense. In fact, perihelion isn’t the only weird and wonderful astronomical event in January 2020 that needs a little explaining.

Here’s your skywatching guide to January 2020, with explanations and ideas for stargazing underneath.

Sunday, January 5: Perihelion
Friday, January 10: “Wolf Moon Eclipse” penumbral lunar eclipse
Thursday, January 23: Jupiter occulted by the Moon (as seen from southern Australia and New Zealand).
Friday, January 24: New Moon (ideal conditions for stargazing for several nights either side)
Saturday, January 25: Chinese Lunar New Year – “Year Of The Gold Rat” begins
Monday, January 27: Venus 0.07° SE of Neptune (so a great time to find Neptune with a small telescope)
Tuesday, January 28: Crescent Moon, Venus, and Neptune together after sunset
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