STARGAZERS are in for a treat during January - and the dark mornings and evenings mean you don't even have to stay up late to see them.

How to see Venus, Jupiter and even Saturn

Spotted a bright light in the sky before the Sun comes up?

Chances are you've spotted Venus.

Once you've spotted that, you might also be able to see a much smaller dot to the left and nearer the horizon - that's Jupiter.

Jupiter rises around 6am to the lower left of Venus and can be seen to the left of the bright star Antares.

It will be a lot less bright than Venus but in a clear sky it should be obvious to spot.


Picture from reader Helen Regan of Venus

As the month moves on Jupiter and Venus will move closer together before Jupiter passes over Venus January 22.

On January 30 to 31 Venus and Jupiter are joined by the Crescent Moon which astronomers say will be an amazing sight and could make a great photo opportunity.

According to Meteor Watch, Saturn makes an appearance in the dawn twilight at around 7am.

It's much fainter than Jupiter and Venus and will be further away to the left of the Venus, Moon and Jupiter trio on January 31.


Reader Neil Stanley took this shot of the Moon and Venus earlier this month

Moons to look out for in January

This month sees a Super Blood Wolf Moon.

The Full Moon on January 21 gets it's name from Anglo Saxon folklore and is also known as the Ice Moon or Snow Moon.

According to NASA’s astronomers, the January lunar eclipse Blood Moon will be the last of its kind to peak over Earth until May 26, 2021.

Stargazers in the UK will get the chance to witness the lunar eclipse in person in the early hours of Monday morning.

On the night of the eclipse, the January Full Moon will move through the centre of the Earth’s darkest shadow momentarily vanishing from sight before reappearing bathed in red to orange sunlight.

International Space Station

Normally one to look out for in December to tell your little ones it's Father Christmas on his sleigh, the International Space Station (ISS) passes start again in the evenings over the UK in late January 2019.

Look to the south to spot the bright light in the sky at 6.22pm.

But you'll have to be quick as it will only be visible for one minute.