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Our monthly podcast offers the key highlights for stargazing in January: where to find bright stars and planets — and a special look at the Pleiades star cluster Early in January, look low in the west about 30 minutes after sunset. You’ll easily spot brilliant Venus, but look carefully below Venus for much dimmer Mercury. These two are a few degrees apart as the year begins but close to within 1° of each other b... Source: skyandtelescope.com
The stars of northern winter linger in the west — as celestial bears, a lion, and a snake climb in the east. Meanwhile, Jupiter and Venus sparkle overhead. With full Moon (and a total lunar eclipse) coming early in the month, it won’t be long before that big bright orb is gone from the evening sky, letting you enjoy the stars of spring in relative darkness. Use brilliant Venus, in the west after sunset, as a benc...