Ah ha! And now for a climactic month, with all the brightest stars visible at once.


Venus and Jupiter (in Aries/Pisces), of course, are not "stars" at all. They are planets (evening "stars") and dominate the evening sky. Mars, in Leo, and Saturn, in Virgo, are currently morning "stars," but will join the evening parade in the spring.


But almost overhead early is Sirius (the "dog" star), in Canis Major (the big dog), and the brightest star in Earth's sky. Also visible are Aldebaran (the "eye of the bull"), in Taurus (the bull), and No. 13 on the list, and Procyon, No. 8, in Canis Minor (the little dog). Flanking Orion (the mighty hunter) are Rigel, at No. 7, and Betelgeuse, at No. 10. And keep an eye out for Canopus, No. 2 in the southern constellation of Carina, visible above the San Bernardino Mountains, when Sirius is at its zenith. Not to mention Capella, No. 6, in Auriga (the charioteer), visible to the north.


With all the bright lights in the evening sky, you'd think it was day at night.