I hope everyone has managed to see the night sky on some of the clear evenings we have had. The constellation Orion is becoming easier to view in the evening and the planet Jupiter continues to impress.
Last month’s chart contained a fairly large section of the sky so it is repeated this month. The benefit is that everything is in the same position as last month but two hours earlier so you will see Orion higher in the sky earlier in the evening.
Besides being the centre of attraction Orion also points to all the other items on the chart so just enjoy the view!
Something to look out for
Saturn is setting earlier each evening and will soon be leaving our evening sky so that leaves Jupiter as the only planet to observe unassisted in the evening. It stands out in its own right but on Thursday 18th January it has a close approach with a seven day old Moon and the pair will be visible all evening. At present Venus is to be seen in the morning and although visible all month it will be joined by a waning crescent Moon on Monday 8th January. An added attraction to look out for.