January has a number of interesting events in the night sky, easily visible by anyone who can see the sky. If you get up before sunrise this month, you can see four other planets (plus the Earth) with your unaided eye! Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn are all there in the pre-dawn skies, just waiting to be discovered. Over the next month, they all move in their orbit around the Sun, changing their apparent positions and getting closer together or farther apart in a complicated pattern.
For details on all the things you can see this month in Manitoba Skies, visit the Planetarium’s “Current Night Sky” page and start your own cosmic explorations!