A year is about to pass, a new year is approaching. Let’s find out what interesting astronomical events await us in January 2021.
This ephemeris document is mainly translated from the Seasky site, and also references many reputable scientific sites such as Earthsky, NASA, Time & Date, etc. The times of astronomical events in the article are all converted to Vietnamese time.
As usual, the first month of the year opens with the rather large Quadrantid meteor shower.
The time in the article has been converted to Vietnamese time
January 2 and 3 – Quadrantid meteor shower
The Quadrantids are an above-average meteor shower, with peaks of up to 40 meteors per hour. The source of this meteor shower is dust particles left behind by a defunct comet called 2003 EH1, discovered in 2003. The Quadrantid meteor shower typically occurs every year from December 1 to December 1. January 5. This year’s peak is the night of the 2nd and early morning of the 3rd. The waning moon at the end of the month will obscure most of the faint meteors that appear during this time. But if you’re patient, you can still see beautiful, bright meteors. Best observed from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the Bouvier constellation, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
Quadrantid meteor shower. Author: Justin Ng
January 13 – New Moon
The Moon will be on the same side as the Moon and will not be visible in the night sky. This moon phase occurs at 12:02 p.m. Vietnam time. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects like galaxies and star clusters, as there is no moonlight to interfere.
January 24 – Mercury is at its greatest easterly elongation
Mercury is at its maximum eastward elongation, 18.6 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury as it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.
January 29 – Full Moon
The Moon and Sun will be on opposite sides of Earth, and the part of the Moon opposite Earth will be fully lit. This phase occurs at 02:00. Ancient Native American tribes called this full moon Full Wolf Moon because that was the time when they heard the howls of the hungry wolves outside their camp. This moon phase is also called Old Moon And
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See more 2021 ephemeris here: https://deepsky2000.net/lich-cac-su-kien-thien-van-nam-2021/
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