Orion is glorious in our skies and shines almost due south around 8:30 pm. Use the three distinct stars in a row (Orion’s belt) as a guide.
Just below right of them shines Rigel, a super blue giant star. Above left of the belt gleams ruddy colored Betelgeuse, a red giant star. Orion is surrounded by a group of bright stars often called the Winter Circle (Winter Oval might be better). Start with the 3 belt stars. Slide your gaze along their line, down and left to Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Circle clockwise left and up to Procyon. Keep circling to Castor and Pollux of Gemini and then nearly overhead to find Capella.
Now start back down and right to reddish Aldebaran in Taurus and down some more to Rigel and finally back to Sirius and you have traced out the Winter Circle.
|1-28||Mars visible all month in evening||SW|
|1-28||Venus, Jupiter, Saturn visible all month at dawn||SE|
|1||Saturn 8 degrees below left of thin crescent Moon||7:20 am, Low SE|
|2||Saturn 3 degrees above right of thin crescent Moon||7:20 am, Low SE|
|10||Mars 6 degrees right of crescent Moon||8 pm, SW|
|18||Saturn 1 degree below right of very bright Venus||7 am, Low SE|
|19||Full super Moon|
|27||Jupiter 3 degrees below Moon||6 am, SE|
|27-28||Very bright Venus, Saturn, Moon, Jupiter form line 35 degrees long||6 am, SE|