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The Bruce Museum, Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 869-6786, Ext. 338

Astronomical Society of Greenwich info


Astronomical Society of Greenwich

Bruce Museum of Arts & Science

One Museum Drive

Greenwich, CT 06830

(203) 869-6786, Ext. 338


January 2001

Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, January 3 ? 7:30 PM ? Bruce Museum

Books! Books! Books!

As reported in our last issue, the ASG has inherited a large and varied collection of astronomical books and magazines. They've been partly catalogued by Elena Ivanina, a Greenwich High School student ? but much work remains to be done. Come and get acquainted with our new resources! (We'll even let you borrow one!)



Bowman Observatory Public Nights

(Weather Permitting)

January 9 & 23 ? 7-9 PM

February 13 & 27 ? 7-9 PM

March 13 & 27 ? 7-9 PM


Looking ahead?

Our next meeting, February 7, will be a special guided tour of the Bruce Museum's new exhibitions, Destination: Space and Space 2001: To the Moon and Beyond, by the curator, Bruce Riggs. Also in February: Astronomy Day (Saturday, 2/17, 12-4 PM ), School Vacation Workshops on space (Tuesday-Friday, 2/20-23, 10:30 AM) and Space Day (Sunday, 2/25, 1-4 PM). Volunteers will be needed for all these activities!

Lunacy January

Moon Face and Stars Image

2 - First Quarter Moon

5 - Moon in conjunction with Saturn

6 - Moon in conjunction with Jupiter

9 - Full Moon ? "Wolf Moon" ? will be totally eclipsed, 1:42-4:59 PM EST. Unfortunately, most of this event takes place before moonrise in our area! However, we will see the end of the eclipse when the moon rises at 4:40 PM EST.

10 - Moon at perigee (221,910 miles from Earth)

16 - Last Quarter Moon

17 - Moon in conjunction with Mars

20 - Moon in conjunction with asteroid Ceres

24 - New Moon at apogee (252,626 miles from Earth)

25 - Moon in conjunction with Mercury

27 - Moon in conjunction with asteroid Vesta

28 - Moon in conjunction with Venus

News of the Worlds

Earth reaches perihelion (our closest approach to the Sun, 91.4 million miles) on January 4.

Quandrantid Meteor Shower runs from January 1-5, peaking on the morning of the 3rd. Look northeast, near the constellation Boötes, around 3 AM for 60-120 meteors per hour.

Jupiter and Saturn, high and close together in the evening sky, will be stationary on the 25th. After that they begin retrograde motion as Earth leaves them behind.

Mars is still a morning-sky object, rising around 2 AM. Slowly moving toward opposition, it won't get there till summer.

Mercury will be an evening planet during the second half of the month. It has a conjunction with Uranus on the 22nd and reaches its greatest elongation (18º east of the Sun) on the 28th. Look for it below Venus and the Moon around 5:30 PM that evening.

Venus is also at its greatest elongation this month, reaching 47º east of the Sun on January 17. Dazzling though it is now, it won't reach greatest brilliancy until next month.

Neptune disappears behind the Sun on the 25th.

Happy New Year everyone ? & Happy (real) New Millennium!