Mercury at greatest elongation east of Sun, rises just
Jupiter 4 degrees due north of Spica, Friday, Jan. 20.
Asteroid Vesta at opposition to Sun, Tuesday Jan. 17;
visible to naked eye.
At mid-evening, Perseus, rescuer
of Andromeda, rides high
aboard his flying steed Pegasus. And he'd best move fast, as Auriga, the Charioteer is right
behind him. The evening proceeds with bright Orion below Auriga. To find
Auriga, just look for the brightest, most northerly, star in the
area, Capella. Well to the
west of upper Orion, featured by the bright star Betelgeuse, look for the
roundish head of Cetus, the
Sea Monster, and we are back to the Andromeda myth, as she was
rescued from the jaws of the giant beast by Perseus.