January Moon & Planet data for 2016


The follwing table lists various solar system object events during January. A list of astronomical terms used in may be found after the table.

January 2 Moon last quarter
January 2 Moon at apogee
January 2 Earth at perihelion
January 3 Spica 4.5 degrees south of the Moon
January 3 Mars 1.4 degrees south of the Moon
January 5 Mercury stationary
January 6 Pluto at conjunction
January 7 Venus 3.1 degrees south of the Moon
January 7 Saturn 3.3 degrees south of the Moon
January 8 Moon southern most declination (-18.4 degrees)
January 8 Jupiter stationary
January 9 Venus 0.1 degrees north of Saturn
January 9 Pluto 3.1 degrees south of the Moon
January 10 Moon new
January 10 Mercury 2.1 degrees south of the Moon
January 13 Neptune 2.2 degrees south of the Moon
January 14 Mercury inferior conjunction
January 15 Moon at perigee
January 16 Uranus 1.4 degrees north of the Moon
January 16 Moon first quarter
January 20 Aldebaran 0.5 degrees south of the Moon Occn
January 21 Moon northern most declination (18.4 degrees)
January 23 Mercury 1.6 degrees north of Pluto
January 24 Moon full
January 25 Mercury stationary
January 26 Regulus 2.4 degrees north of the Moon
January 28 Jupiter 1.3 degrees north of the Moon
January 29 Mercury 0.6 degrees north of Pluto
January 30 Moon at apogee
January 30 Spica 4.8 degrees south of the Moon
  • apogee: Furtherest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth
  • conjunction: Two astronomical objects are 'lined up' (have the same right ascension) when viewed from Earth. If only one object is mentioned the Sun is generally the other object.
  • declination: 'Latitude' for celestial objects. The distance in degress above (north) or below (south) the celestial equator.
  • inferior conjunction: Conjunction where a solar system object is between the Earth and the Sun
  • perigee: Nearest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Earth
  • perihelion: Nearest point in the orbit of a body orbiting the Sun