January 2024 has several astronomical events; check the dates

The beginning of 2024 reserves an unmissable celestial spectacle for astronomy enthusiasts around the globe.

Be prepared to mark your calendar for January’s astronomical events, providing a unique experience with the naked eye or with basic observing instruments.

The highlight of the month is the Meteor rain Quadrantids, which will reach its peak on the night of January 3rd to 4th.

Although the presence of the waning Moon may make it difficult to see the faintest meteors, the brightest ones promise to light up the sky with up to 40 meteors per hour, originating from the debris left by the extinct comet 2003 EH1.

Another unmissable event occurs on January 12, when Mercury will reach its greatest western elongation of 23.5 degrees from the Sun.

This will be the ideal time to observe the planet, as it will be at its highest position above the horizon before dawn.

Don’t miss your chance to spot it as a bright spot before dawn. Sun. Using applications such as Celeste Chart, Stellarium and SkyMap can be extremely useful for identifying objects in the sky during your observations.

Main astronomical events of January 2024

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  • 3/1 and 4/1: Peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower.
  • 4/1: Moon in First Quarter;
  • 11/1: New Moon; 01/12: Mercury at maximum western elongation and perihelion of comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF).
  • 19/1: Moon in First Quarter; 01/25: Full Moon;
  • 1/27: Planetary conjunction between Mercury and Mars.

Get ready for a month full of celestial allure and unique experiences! With the Quadrantid meteor shower and the maximum western elongation of Mercury, January 2024 promises to surprise sky watchers.

Don’t forget to mark these incredible events on your calendar and enjoy the beauty of the cosmos.

May the skies be clear and the observations unforgettable. May they be clean and your observations be spectacular! Good observations astronomical!

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