Earth is at perihelion (closest to Sun), 147,100,998
(91.404 million miles).
Pluto is in conjunction with Sun, Saturday, January 7.
Venus is at greatest elongation, 47 degrees east of the
Mars still sets at 9:30 PM.
Jupiter rises near midnight, and transits the meridian just after dawn.
Saturn rises near dawn.
The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks the morning of
Wednesday, January 4. One of the better showers of the year,
it emanates from the defunct constellation Quadrans near Bootes.
Look for Orion on the meridian
late evening, with pentagon-shaped Auriga above it. Faint box-like
Lepus is below him, with
brilliant Sirius of Canis
Major down and to the right. Leo
rises a couple hours past midnight, while Pegasus gallops to the west.