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When you head outdoors tonight, take Sky & Telescope's podcast with you for a guided tour to the night sky. Learn what constellations are visible, find out where and when you'll see the planets, and catch each month's celestial highlights, from meteor showers to eclipses.
  1. Mira, one of the easiest-to-observe pulsating variable stars, reaches peak brightness this month. Don't be shy, come look her in the eye. 

    The post Mira Makes January Nights “Wonderful” appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  2. Friday, January 12 • Sirius, the Dog Star, rises in the east-southeast around the end of twilight now, if you're near latitude 40° north (New York, Denver, Madrid, Athens). From such latitudes, Procyon — left of Sirius, by 2½ fists at arm's length — precedes it up; "Procyon" is from the ancient Greek for "before the dog." But if you're as far south as San Diego, the Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, […]

    The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, January 12 – 20 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  3. We look ahead to see what fuzzy visitors, new and returning, will brighten the nights ahead. One and possibly two naked-eye comets are on the way.

    The post Catch these Comets in 2018 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  4. Orion strides up the southeastern sky after nightfall in January. Above it glitters Aldebaran. Above Aldebaran are the Pleiades. Far left of them shines Capella.

    The post This Week’s Sky at a Glance, January 5 – 13 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.

  5. The new year opens with the magnificent pairing of the solar system's largest planet with one of its smallest.

    The post Mars Flies By Jupiter in a Close Dawn Conjunction appeared first on Sky & Telescope.