Orion, the Hyades, and the Pleiades line up lower-left to upper-right in the winter sky.

Akira Fujii

January nights may be cold, but they the boast the year's grandest display of bright stars. At no other time can you observe so many spectacular sights with just your unaided eyes, including the magnificent constellation Orion and two splendid star clusters.

To learn more about January's skies, download this month's podcast. Night Sky editor Kelly Beatty not only provides observing tips, he shares a bit of the mythology and lore behind the constellations hovering above.

Download it tonight, grab your warmest parka, press play on your MP3 player, and see what's up.


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