Winter sky has bright stars

If you can find the constellation Orion in the southern winter sky, you have located two of some of the brightest stars visible. The Astronomy Picture of the Day for January 3 has a picture to help you locate them. Betelgeuse and Rigel are the two in Orion. Above them is Aldebaran and, further up, the Pleiades. Capella, Castor, Pollux, Procyon, and Sirius fill out the hexagon going counter-clockwise.

Cold clear skies out away from city lights can make for a stunning view of the stars. Sitting out in the cold weather to view them might be another matter.

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