Highlights of the Night Sky in January

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Here are some of the things to see in January:

  • 6 PM, southwestern sky – Mars hovering over the horizon after sunset; Venus and Mercury below Mars during the middle of January; Venus moving closer to Mars as the month progresses
  • 6 PM, western sky – crescent Moon next to Venus and Mercury in the early evening of January 21
  • 9:30 PM, eastern sky – Jupiter rising over the horizon
  • 5:30 AM, southeastern sky – Saturn rising before dawn
  • 10 PM, northwestern sky – Auriga constellation with the bright double star Capella, the sixth brightest star in the sky
  • 10 PM, western sky – Taurus constellation with the bright Aldebaran, the Hyades cluster, and the Pleiades (Messier 45), one of the nearest star clusters to Earth
  • 2 AM, eastern sky – the Quadrantid meteor shower, appearing to radiate from the constellation Boötes, peaking on the nights of January 3 and 4, with up to 40 meteors per hour

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