Astronomical calendar for January 2022

(ORDO NEWS) — January 2-3: Peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower

January 2: New Moon occurs at 18:33 GMT.

January 4: Happy perihelion day! The earth is closest to the sun today.

January 5: Moon-Jupiter conjunction. The growing crescent will be located about 4.5 degrees south of Jupiter in the evening sky.

January 7: Mercury reaches its greatest eastern elongation from the Sun in its current evening vision. The innermost planet will shine brightly at a magnitude of -0.6. Catch the elusive planet above the western horizon shortly after sunset. It will reach its highest point in the evening sky on January 11th.

January 10: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Transporter 3 rideshare mission with several small satellites for government and industrial customers. The rocket launches from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida

January 17: The January full moon, known as the Wolf Moon, occurs at 11:48 pm GMT.

January 21: The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the fifth and sixth satellites for the US Space Force mission called USSF 8. The rocket will take off from Launch Center 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

January 27: The Russian Soyuz rocket will launch another batch of satellites into orbit for the OneWeb satellite Internet constellation. The mission, dubbed OneWeb 13, kicks off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

January 29: Moon-Mars conjunction. The waning crescent will pass just 2.4 degrees north of the Red Planet. Look for a pair in the dawn sky in the constellation Sagittarius.

Also slated for January:

SpaceX’s spacecraft may launch on its first orbital test flight from Starbase’s facility near Boca Chica in South Texas.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the second generation COSMO-SkyMed radar satellite (CSG 2) for the Italian space agency. It will take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a batch of Starlink broadband satellites from Site 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will launch two small satellites for BlackSky Global’s Earth observation fleet. It will take off from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

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