January 2021

This Month’s Sky


Happy New Year!!  Our 10th Anniversary
     After enjoying our two gas giants in the evening sky since July, it is time to say farewell until late summer. Jupiter and Saturn start the month low in the southwestern sky, right after sunset. By mid-month, they drop from view. Mercury returns to the evening sky and creates a spectacular trio with Jupiter and Saturn, in the southwest, on January 10th, right after sunset (Illustration 1). Mars shines brightly, high in the south-southwestern sky. On January 21st, Mars passes 1.7 degree north of Uranus (Illustration 2).

For our hike, we will head out one hour after sunset. This will be at 6:00 pm at the beginning of January and 6:30 pm by months end. Grab your winter coat, hat, gloves, warm socks and boots. Do you have your Starry Trail map and binoculars? Let’s enjoy!

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Here’s what you’ll need to start exploring tonight’s sky:

Starry Trails

This narrative explains where to look and how to identify stars, deep sky objects, constellations, planets!

Starry Sky Map

Your simple sky map to locate stars, planets and constellation positions.

Starry Trail Map

While using the narrative, this is your visual guide on starting point and the monthly adventure through the night sky.


Will show you the position of the constellations and help you seek them out.

Night Sky Checklist

This will help you keep track of everything you view in this months night sky.

Starry Trails Audio January

Take Starry Trails with you! – Listen to Suzie as she helps you navigate your journey thru the stars !!

Starry Trails Video Archive

plus Hoover-Price Planetarium, Canton OH – Videos
Host Suzie Dills provides a look at the celestial highlights in the night sky!

 Make sure you check the sky chart in your area to make sure there are clear skies!
Clear Sky Cleveland Chart

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I’m VERY excited to share my children’s books with everyone!

Stella’s Starry Adventures!
Join Stella, as she takes you on an adventure through the night sky!
Kids will love learning about the constellations and more with Stella as their guide!

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Stellas’ books are available on Amazon – In Print and Kindle versions.