I love the winter sky!
While so many of our days’ hours are dark, it seems a shame to spend them all inside. I’ve spent some wonderful moments snuggled up in one big winter coat with a drowsy kiddo. You don’t need to know the names of the stars, planets, and constellations for that time to be magic, but it helps. The words themselves are a beautiful lullaby, whether you’re crunching across snow, littered leaves, or smooth sidewalks. The names can be sung, whispered, and giggled. Moon, meteor, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus. Spica, and Saturn. Sing them all while the earth makes it’s turn, round its axis, round our sun. It will be fun!
I’ve been using Space.com‘s stargazing guide and the month ahead looks to be lovely.
If you have early, EARLY risers like mine you might catch the Quadrantid Meteor Shower before dawn on January second and third.
On January 23 you can view the bright star, Spica, quite close to the Moon, with Mars looming above at around five in the morning EST.
And at sunrise, on January 28, we will see Venus close to the slender crescent of our moon!
P.S. – We’ve been love, love, loving, STARS, by Mary Lynn Ray and Marla Frazee. Go catch a copy!