Yet again the new year has rolled in, with a bang too in some locations where fireworks were heard and displayed. Unfortunately we won’t be seeing any sunshine today as overcast conditions will remain through tonight. A few chances for flurries are expected today with lows in the lower 30s.
However, this week will give way to sunshine and rising temperatures by the end of the work week. Some clearing of our night sky is expected as well as early as Wednesday night, just in time for the Quadrantids meteor shower on Thursday.
Astronomy Interests for Week of 1/1 to 1/5
Wednesday (1/2) – Perihelion: Earth reaches its closest point to the Sun, closer than any other time during 2019.
Thursday (1/3) – Quadrantids: Meteor shower peaking the night of January 3rd into the morning of the 4th. Peak meteor rates last a very short time unlike other showers. Peak time is at 1AM with respect to local time. 15 meteors per hour can be expected.
Saturday (1/5) – New Moon.