What's Up: The Sky Tonight


Each month on this page, the Big Sky Astronomy club hosts a video, produce by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) featuring the planets, deep sky objects and one or more of the constellations that are visible in our night sky at this particular time of year.


Featured during the month of January, 2017

  • Two planets grace our evening skies this month. Brilliant Venus and the Red Planet Mars can be found in the southwestern sky after sunset.

  • As the month progresses, Venus and Mars grow closer together in the night sky, with Venus climbing higher with each passing night;

  • January's prominent constellations include Auriga, the "Goat Herder" and Taurus, the "Bull";

  • Auriga is home to 6th brightest star in our night sky - Cappella.;

  • Taurus is home to the aging supergiant orange star Aledebaran and a nearby, naked-eye open star cluster named the Hyades;

  • Lying west of the Hyades is the beautiful, and well-known open cluster, the Pleiades. It is also ofter referred to as "The Seven Sisters";

  • Planets visible after midnight include Jupiter, which lies in the eastern sky near the bright star Spica;

  • Saturn and Mercury can be observed low in the southeast just before sunrise;

  • Use a small telescope to observe Saturn's beautiful ring system;

  • If you are willing to stay up late on the night of January 3rd and brave the winter cold, you can catch the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower. After midnight on the 3rd (the early morning of the 4th) you'll be able to observe up to 40 meteors per hour.

We cordially invite you to

"Discover the Universe with The Big Sky Astronomy Club"