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Moon and Regulus on January 4

Look for the moon and Regulus to climb above your eastern horizon around mid-evening on January 4, 2018. From some places, the moon will pass in front of Regulus.

Latest sunrises happen in early January

Shortest day on solstice, but latest sunrises in early January at mid-northern latitudes. Southern Hemisphere? Your latest sunsets are around now.

Moonlight for 2018 Quadrantid meteors

The 2018 Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to exhibit its narrow peak January 3 around 21-22 hours UTC. The full supermoon nearly coincides, and moonlight will interfere with the shower.

Brightest star Sirius’ midnight culmination on New Years Eve

On New Year’s Eve, look up for the brightest star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major. It’s at its highest in the sky at midnight.

Bellatrix, in Orion, means Female Warrior

You might know Rigel and Betelgeuse, Orion’s brightest stars. Now meet 2 more stars in Orion, called Bellatrix and Saiph.

Planet Uranus in moon’s glare on December 27

The December 27 moon is close to the 7th planet, Uranus. The lunar glare glare will make it tough to spot, but notice stars nearby … and come back when the moon is gone.

Focus on stars Betelgeuse and Rigel

Many constellations have a bright star, but Orion has two: Rigel and Betelgeuse.

Star of the week: Aldebaran

Aldebaran – brightest star in Taurus the Bull – is huge! If it replaced our sun, its surface would extend almost to the orbit of Mercury.

Northern Cross upright in west now

It isn’t as famous as its counterpart, the Southern Cross. But the Northern Cross looks like a cross, and it’s pretty easy to spot.

Summer Triangle on winter evenings

How long into Northern Hemisphere winter will you be able to see the Summer Triangle?