The winter stars feature the brightest collection of the year. Orion becomes the center of attention, with his three belt stars drawing a line to the right, pointing to the red star Aldebaran, the “eye” of Taurus, the Bull. To the left, Orion’s Belt leads to the rising star Sirius – the brightest star in the night skies. The brilliant Capella is nearly overhead. The planets start the year with only Venus in the evening sky, but what a show it puts on! Late at night Mars slowly brightens as it works through Scorpio, while Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury are lost in the Sun’s glare. Mercury, in the evening, and Jupiter in the morning, slowly emerge during the last week.
Keep up on the latest happenings in your night sky with the Eye on the Night Sky!