Look up!

Check out our celestial neighbors, natural and man-made

With no precipitation on the horizon, the cold, clear winter skies offer some great astronomical viewing opportunities. Jupiter has been particularly fantastic—rivaling Venus as one of the brightest objects other than the moon—with features like its Great Red Spot (pictured) and four largest moons visible even through inexpensive telescopes. Amateur astronomers have also been reporting the International Space Station has been particularly bright lately, if you know where and when to watch—information which is readily available at NASA’s Spot the Station site (spotthestation.nasa.gov).