Sirius blazes high in the south these evenings, with bright Canopus due south below, and on Sunday, February 26th, Mars and Uranus are in conjunction.
After dinnertime at this time of year, five carnivore constellations are rising upright in a ragged row. Orion stands highest in early evening.
See a full Moon on Friday and, for most of the Americas, catch a very deep penumbral eclipse of the Moon that happens around sunset or in early evening.
North American observers can watch the Moon flirt with Earth’s shadow on the evening of February 10th.
The first-quarter Moon on Friday is high in the south at sunset. After dark it balances on the dim head of Cetus. Spot Pleiades to its upper left.
After dark the Great Square of Pegasus is sinking down in the west, to the right of Venus and Mars. The Big Dipper is creeping up in the north-northeast.
After dinnertime this week, the Winter Triangle glitters in the southeast. Sirius is its lowest and brightest star, Betelgeuse above, and to their left Procyon.
The asteroid 4 Vesta shines at 6th magnitude in January 2017, visible in Gemini with binoculars or a small telescope.
On Saturday, the waning gibbous Moon and Regulus rise around 8 p.m. They'll part ways through the night as the Moon moves east along its orbit.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines below the Pleiades and right of Aldebaran Saturday evening - watch the Moon's dark limb occult a star later that night.
Can you spot the fingernail-thin crescent Moon in twilight Friday night? It's less than two days old as seen after sunset from North America.
The Quadrantids, one of the year's best meteor showers, peaks on the morning of January 3rd, is. But be ready for it — most of the action takes place over just a few hours.
After dark you'll find the Pleiades high in the east, with Aldebaran and the Hyades below them. Far below these, Orion is beginning to clear the horizon.
Maybe this gift-giving season you got a shiny new telescope to call your own. Congratulations — you could be on your way to discovering many amazing far things in the night sky. Although most of them are so far and faint that just finding and detecting them is the challenge! Whether your new scope is…
Have you ever watched a Sirius-rise? Watch for Sirius to come up about two fists at arm's length below Orion's Belt, around 8 p.m. local time.
Try your hand at observing the handful of "shooting stars" delivered by this little-known annual meteor shower.
The Moon, just a day before full, occults Aldebaran Monday night for nearly everyone in North America. And watch for the Geminid meteor shower!
John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95.
Friday and Saturday evenings, the thickening crescent Moon poses with bright Venus in the southwest at dusk. Wednesday marks the year's earliest sunset.
Before and during dawn Saturday morning, the thinning crescent Moon in the southeast is at the bottom of an arc that it now forms with Spica and Jupiter.
With the Moon gone from the evening sky, explore deep-sky sights in Lacerta. Or use only your eyes to see Andromeda Galaxy and the Perseus Double Cluster.
Saturn is falling ever farther away to the lower right of Venus at dusk. And in the coming weeks and months, watch Venus and Mars draw closer together.
Mars shines to the left or lower of the Moon early Saturday evening. On Tuesday, the Moon is in Aquarius - look to its left for Fomalhaut, the Autumn Star.
In twilight Friday evening, Saturn, Venus, and Antares form a nearly vertical, curving line low in the southwest. Watch the configuration change this week.
Saturn and Antares form a compact triangle with Venus, low in the southwest at dusk on Friday. The modest Orionid meteors continue before dawn Saturday.