January Night Sky

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Here are some of the things to see this month:

  • 6:30 PM, southwestern sky – Venus and Mars above the horizon after sunset, appearing closer to each other as the month goes on
  • 2 AM, eastern sky – Jupiter appears above the horizon after midnight near the bright star Spica in Virgo
  • 6:45 AM, southeastern sky – Saturn and Mercury appear low above the horizon before dawn
  • 10 PM, northwestern sky – Auriga constellation, representing the Charioteer, with the bright star Capella, a binary system composed of two yellow stars considerably brighter and about 10 times larger than the Sun
  • 10 PM, western sky – Taurus constellation, representing the Bull, with the Bull’s eye marked by the bright orange star Aldebaran and its head represented by the V-shaped Hyades cluster, and the bright, large Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters or Messier 45
  • 2 AM, eastern sky – Quadrantids peaking on the night of January 3 to 4 with up to 40 meteors per hour

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