Bright winter stars and planets

Make sure to look up when outside on a clear, cold January night. The brilliant Orion constellation, with the famous 3 “belt stars,” shines in the south sky in the evening. Below and left of Orion is the bright star Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. Also called the Dog Star, this star is located in the summer sky during the daytime, and therefore not visible, but the source of the expression “the dog days of summer,” since its star-shine is supposedly added to the heat of the day. In the early evening, Jupiter shines brightly low in the west and will soon disappear from our view. Meanwhile, Mars is rising in the east this month… look for a reddish star.