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01/01/2021 – Ephemeris – The first few day of January have two annual astronomical events

1 Jan 2021, 05:01 UTC
01/01/2021 – Ephemeris – The first few day of January have two annual astronomical events
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Note: With New Year’s Day followed by the weekend I’m postponing the January preview program to Monday the 4th, however, the Month Preview addendum will be added to the post today.
Happy New Year, this is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1st 2021. The Sun will rise at 8:20. It’ll be up for 8 hours and 53 minutes, setting at 5:13. The Moon, 3 days past full, will rise at 7:51 this evening.
It happens that a lot of astronomical events occur in the first few days of January, that I’ll cover these now and talk about the rest of the month on Monday. Tomorrow, the second, at 3:59 am the Earth will be its closest to the Sun at 91.4 million miles (147.0 million kilometers). The only real effect is that it makes winter the shortest season, four days shorter than summer because the Earth moves fastest when closest to the Sun. On Saturday evening the 2nd will see the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower for a short time before the bright Moon rises at 9 p.m. the radiant point for this shower is low in the north, from an obsolete constellation of ...

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