The Summer Triangle remains in the western sky these cold evenings. Its brightest star is Vega; look above for Deneb and farther to Vega's left is Altair.
Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. Have you ever tried to catch Sirius rising? It rises between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., depending on where you live.
Friday evening, the first-quarter Moon shines under the left side of the Great Square of Pegasus. Can you see the Moon moving with respect to this line as the hours go by?
The Christmas Moon, a day past full, hangs in Gemini. Look for Castor and Pollux to its left. High above shines the constellation Auriga.
Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) remains visible very high in the southeast before the first light of dawn. For more to see, look to Orion in prime view.
Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) is fading but still within view. A special treat on January 9th: Venus and Saturn just half a degree from each other.
The Moon shines in dim Pisces upper left of the Great Square of Pegasus. Does the half-lit Moon look just a trace bigger than usual? It's about at perigee.
See all five planets at dawn! The nearly-full Moon shines in Gemini Friday evening — with Castor and Pollux to its left and Procyon to its lower right.
The last-quarter Moon rises around 1 a.m. Sunday night, in company with Mars. By the dawn of Monday the 1st they're high in the south.
See all five naked-eye planets at dawn, though Mercury is getting low. On Saturday morning, the crescent Moon, Venus, and Mercury form a triangle low in the southeast.
The biggest well-known star pattern is the Winter Hexagon, marked by the stars Sirius, Procyon, Pollux, Castor, Beta Aurigae, Capella, Aldebaran, and Rigel.
On Friday the waxing gibbous Moon shines below Castor and Pollux. On Tuesday the just-past-full Moon shines with Jupiter after they both rise at end of twilight.
After dinnertime this time of year, four carnivore constellations stand in a row from the northeast to south: Ursa Major, Leo, Hydra, and Canis Major.
Leo stands over bright Jupiter at nightfall this week. The Big Dipper glitters high in the northeast and Sirius blazes due south.
Just after dark Friday, look for the waxing crescent Moon low in the west. Upper right of the Moon by about 14° are the leading stars of Aries.
As winter turns to spring, Orion declines in the southwest after dark with his Belt roughly horizontal. Equinox on Saturday.
By 11 p.m., the bowl of the Big Dipper stands upside down over the bowl of the dim Little Dipper, as if dumping water into it.
Spring is here! Which means Arcturus shines brightly in the east. The Big Dipper, high in the northeast, points its handle toward it.
Looking west in twilight, use the thin crescent Moon as your guidepost to Mercury. And have you tried yet for Comet 252P/LINEAR?
Comet 252P/LINEAR is crossing Ophiuchus very high before the first light of dawn. The Moon Friday evening forms a gently curving row with Regulus and Jupiter.
As night descends, look high in the west for Pollux and Castor - the heads of the almost-upright Gemini twins form the top of the Arch of Spring asterism.
The last-quarter Moon shines above Capricornus before dawn's first light. These evenings, the long, dim sea serpent Hydra snakes across the southern sky.
After sunset Saturday, catch the hairline crescent Moon just above the horizon. Bring out your scope to see a double-shadow transit on Jupiter Friday night.
As twilight fades, look upper left of the first-quarter Moon for Regulus. Brighter Jupiter shines much farther to the Moon's left (for North America).
The nearly full Moon looms low in the east-southeast at sunset and shines above Mars as twilight fades. How soon can you pick out Mars?