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There are many bright stars and constellations in the January evening sky.
The bright winter stars are above the southeastern horizon dominating the sky. The Winter Oval of bright stars is easy to spot extending from near the horizon to near the zenith is visible. Bright stars in Orion, Canis Major and Minor, Gemini, Auriga, and Taurus marks the oval. Overhead among the stars of Taurus, look for a tiny, teacup shaped group of stars. This is the Pleadies star cluster. Use binoculars to observe this gem ... it is quite beautiful. It is also the logo for Subaru, the Japanese automaker.
Look west to see the disappearing great square of Pegasus the Flying Horse. It appears lower and lower each night.
North has the Big Dipper climbing from the horizon with its handle beginning to point more and more toward the horizon.
Rising in the east is Leo's backwards question mark promising that spring is on the way.
Visible Evening Planets
- VENUS is bright in the southwest after sunset.
- JUPITER is high in the south.