Sky & Telescope - January 2021 - 48

JANUARY 2021 OBSERVING
Celestial Calendar by Bob King

Sky Highlights for 2021
A full year of observing enjoyment awaits.

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or our January Celestial Calendar installment, we've decided to present a "sneak-peek" selection of some of the most interesting celestial
highlights for 2021. (Each event will be described in greater detail in
upcoming issues.)
The coming year has its share of excitement, with several fi ne eclipses,
the return of a few modestly bright periodic comets, and the usual
assortment of meteor showers and eye-catching conjunctions.

The limb of the eclipsed

January 3: The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks around 6:30 a.m. PST
(14:30 UT). The timing of the peak means the display favors skywatchers
on the West Coast and in Alaska. Unfortunately, light from the waning
gibbous Moon in Leo will blot out many of the fainter meteors.
March 4: Vesta, the brightest and second-most massive asteroid, reaches
opposition 1¼° northeast of 3.3-magnitude Theta Leonis, in the tail of
Leo. At magnitude 6.0, Vesta is bright enough to be glimpsed by keeneyed observers without optical aid from a dark sky. Binoculars will make
the asteroid an easy catch.

is similar to how the

JANUARY 2 021 * SK Y & TELESCOPE

Moon pokes out from
the umbra in this photo
captured during the
April 15, 2014, total
lunar eclipse. This view
Moon will appear at
maximum eclipse during
November's partial lunar
eclipse.
BOB KING

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