The Evening Moon Meets Mars, Bright Pre-dawn Planets, Sirius Spikes the Football, and Bright Bino Treats!

(Above: Yesterday’s partial solar eclipse was visible in China. The same geometry will set up a total lunar eclipse for North America in two weeks on January 20–21.)
(Above: The Winter Hexagon, or Football, is made from the bright stars of the winter constellations. Sirius, at bottom, is visible after 8 pm. This asterism is in the night sky until mid-April annually. Some prefer to connect Betelgeuse to Rigel, producing a capital letter G.)
(Above: The Double Cluster in Perseus is a fine naked-eye and binoculars target. It covers nearly two full moon diameters in the sky. This image by Volker Wendel, Josef Popsel, and Stefan Binneweis was the NASA APOD for Dec 7, 2007)

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