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The Starry Skies of January
(Hover over the stars to see the constellations, click to find out more)

explore Auriga
explore Triangulum
explore Aries
explore Taurus
explore Orion explore Taurus
explore Cetus
Lepus the Hare
Typical view 2 hours after sunset looking due South. A fist at arms length is 10 degrees across.

The New Year is a great time to start stargazing. The bright, colourful stars of Orion act as the Winter signpost. Once you have found his hourglass body, note the contrast between the orange hue of Betelgeuse and the bluish tone of Rigel. Follow the belt stars up and west to Aldebaran, the orange eye of Taurus. This lies in a "V" shaped cluster called the Hyades that marks the head of the Bull. Further West is his shoulderblade marked by the Seven Sisters or Pleiades, a lovely binocular object. Other binocular feasts in this area are the great nebula, M42 in Orion, the great galaxy M31, in Andromeda, the Perseus double cluster and the three galactic clusters in Auriga the Shepherd high overhead.