What's in the Sky Jan 2024

January 2024:

Jan 3rd - 4th: Quadrantids Meteor Shower Peaks
The first meteor shower of 2024, the Quadrantids. It peaks between the 3rd and the 4th, and you may catch some meteors from it between Dec 28th - Jan 12th. This early year meteor shower is unique due to the meteors stemming from the debris left by an asteroid; where normally they stem from comets. The shower can produce up to 110 meteors per hour, and with the moon at a waning crescent and rising after midnight, the meteor shower should be incredible to watch if you have clear skies. Look up towards constellation Boötes for the point the Quadrantids will originate from. Normally a meteor shower is named by the constellation they appear from; however, the Quadrantids come from an ancient constellation:  Quadrans Muralis, which is not one of the 88 internationally recognized constellations we have today.

Jan 1: Moon at Apogee
The moon will be at its furthest point in its orbit around the Earth at a whopping 251,598 miles away from the planet.

Jan 8th & 9th: Moon near Venus and Mercury

Jan 10: Moon near Mars

Jan 11th: New Moon

Jan 12th: Thin Crescent Moon near Saturn

Jan 13th: Moon at Perigee
The moon will be at its closest point on its orbit of Earth at only 225,102 miles away from the planet.

Jan 13 & 14 (evening): Moon near Saturn
The thin, waxing crescent moon will pass Saturn, and, with luck, 
you will see earthshine on the unlit side of the moon (a phenomenon that happens when the unlit side of the moon gets reflected light from the Earth). This phenomenon is also known as Da Vinci Glow.

Jan 17 & 18 (evening): Moon near Jupiter

Jan 20: Moon near Pleiades

Jan 25: Full Wolf Moon 

Jan 29: Moon at apogee
The moon will be at its farthest distance from the Earth, yet again this month.

Additional Information
There are also two comets that you might get to see this month:

62P/Tsuchinshan: A comet that will be at its closest approach to Earth on Jan 29th and can be observed in the northern hemisphere. The visibility forecast says it could be visible through medium sized binoculars.

144P/Kushida: A comet at perihelion Jan 25th and will be visible to both hemispheres. The hard part with this comet is the visibility forecast doesn’t look very favorable; however, some people think it might be visible with medium size binoculars. We’ll have to see how this one pans out.
And that's it for January adventurers, so here’s to a great start of 2024 and may you all catch some crisp clear nights for stargazing.