The Night Sky This Month: January

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Here are some of the things to see in January:

  • 6:30 am, southeastern sky – Saturn and Mercury rising together just before dawn
  • 6:30 am, southern sky – Jupiter and Mars rising above the southern horizon together
  • 10 pm, northwestern sky – Auriga constellation, recognizable for the circlet of relatively bright stars that include the double star Capella, the sixth brightest star in the sky
  • 10 pm, western sky – Taurus constellation with the bright orange giant Aldebaran, the Hyades star cluster, and the Pleiades, the best known open cluster in the sky
  • 2 am, eastern sky – Quadrantid meteor shower, peaking on the night of January 3 to 4 with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak

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