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Did you get a glimpse of comet 46P/Wirtanen? It was easily seen in binoculars. It is still out there, though fading.

Club Meeting - 7 PM January 8

VENUE Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station 5, 4950 NW Fair Oaks Drive , Corvallis, OR 97333

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Welcome to the home of the Heart of the Valley Astronomers in the central Willamette Valley of Oregon. We are a group of amateur astronomers dedicated to sharing our passions for the night sky with the local community. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station 5, 4950 NW Fair Oaks Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330. We also regularly schedule star parties, technical assistance and educational outreach for public and private groups. Send an email to the club for outreach information.

JANUARY CELESTIAL EVENTS

January 3 - Earth is at perihelion (closest to Sun) at a distance of 91,407,792 miles (147,099,761 kilometers)

January 3 - Evening: The Quadrantids peak for North America. Did you manage to see them through the clouds?

January 11 - 12 - Night: Algol is at minimum brightness for 2 hrs centered on 10:21 pm PST.

January 14 - Evening: Algol is at minimum brightness for two hours centered on 7:10 pm PST.

January 20 - Night: Total eclipse of the Moon! Partial phase begins at 7:10 pm PST; totality begins at 8:41 pm PST; Eclipse ends at 11:15 pm PST.

January 22 - Dawn: Venus passes less than 2.5 degrees from Jupiter. Antares is about 8 degrees to the right of the pair.

January 30 - Dawn: Venus and Jupiter are flanked by the waning crescent Moon and Saturn. On the 31st the Moon is between the two brighter planets.

This Month's Constellation -
This Month's Constellation - Perseus