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01/02/2014 – Ephemeris – Quadrantids and the Earth at Perihelion tomorrow night

January 2, 2014

Ephemeris for Thursday, January 2nd.  The sun will rise at 8:19, the latest sunrise of the year.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 54 minutes, setting at 5:14.   The moon, 1 day past new, will set at 7:16 this evening.  |  The Quadrantid meteor shower will be the best meteor shower of the year since the other showers will have to contend with the bright moon.  The best time to see them will be between midnight and 6:30 in the morning Friday night through Saturday morning.  They will seem to come from behind the Big Dipper’s handle.  Weird though it seems. At 1 a.m. Saturday morning the Earth will be closest to the sun in it’s orbit.  This is called perihelion.  The earth at that instant will be 91.45 million miles away.  On July 3rd it will be at its farthest, about 94 and a half million miles away.  This slight distance variance doesn’t affect us much except to make winter shorter than summer by a few days.  You probably won’t believe that either.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Quadrantid meteor shower radiant at 1:30 a.m.

Quadrantid meteor shower radiant low in the noirtheast at 1:30 a.m.

The Bad Astronomer’s take on perihelion is here.

Also for this and the rest of the year here is David Dickinson’s 101 Astronomical Events for 2014 on Universe Today.

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