In January 2019, the 2 bright planets up before the sun are Venus (brighter) and Jupiter! Mars is the sole bright evening planet. Mercury fades from view as a morning planet in early January. Saturn becomes visible before sunup near the month’s end.
Astronomer Guy Ottewell has developed a novel way of picturing ourselves riding on Earth, orbiting the sun. See those past-and-future Earths as we look backward at the old year – and forward into the new – here.