Clear Night in Houston Area!

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Winter G made with Stellarium

Tonight the Moon and Venus are clearly visible in the western sky.

There are also a lot of really bright stars out tonight. The constellation Orion has Betelgeuse and Rigel, then there is the brightest star in the sky, Sirius in Canis Major. There is also the red giant Aldebaran in Taurus and Capella directly overhead in Auriga (the charioteer) with 3 pretty dim stars very close by in a triangle often referred to as “the kids”. There are also the twins Castor and Pollux in Gemini and lastly the star Procyon in Canis Minor. All of these stars form a huge capital letter G in the night sky.

If you wait a while later you can see Regulus is Leo and even Saturn if you wait till 9:30 or so. The big dipper will also be rising in the north east around that time. Lots to see so get out there and drag your friends and family and show them what’s up there!

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