The new year opens with Jupiter still dominating the night sky. Earth passed the king of planets in the orbital race a month ago, but something as brilliant as Jupiter takes a while to fade.
On the first, Jupiter will be well up in the east after nightfall. As the month goes by, it comes out further and further to the west as Earth speeds away from it. In Taurus, Jupiter shines above the V-shaped Hyades star cluster and the bright orange star Aldebaran, the eye of the bull.
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