Highlights of the January Sky

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Here are some of the highlights of the night sky in January:

  • 6 PM eastern sky – Jupiter rises in the sky at sunset – on January 5 it is at opposition, which means that this is the best time to observe the planet as it is closest to Earth
  • 10 PM northwestern sky – Auriga constellation with a prominent circlet of stars that include Capella, the sixth brightest star in the sky
  • 10 PM western sky – Taurus constellation with the old red giant Aldebaran, the Hyades cluster and Pleiades, the Seven Sisters (Messier 45), both of which can be seen without binoculars
  • 1 AM eastern sky – Mars rises in the sky after midnight
  • 3 AM eastern sky – Saturn rises and moves to the southeast before dawn
  • 6:30 AM eastern sky – Venus appears low over the horizon toward the end of the month
  • 2 AM eastern sky – the Quadrantid meteor shower in the direction of Boötes constellation, peaking on the night from January 3 to 4, with up to 40 meteors per hour

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