Glowing brightly within the collection of Winter’s brightest stars, the waxing Gibbous Moon finds itself halfway up in the east at 6 o’clock, surrounded by Capella, high above, Aldebaran, the red eye of Taurus, the Bull, well right, while the even brighter Betelgeuse sits on Orion’s shoulder to the lower right. Finally, the Twins of Gemini await the Moon’s company to the lower left.
Venus is now in its slow transition into the Sun’s earlier morning arrival, gaining 10 minutes since the first of the year. Venus lingers low in the southeast through mid-February, when it briefly encounters Mars, and then spends spring and most of the summer lost behind the Sun. It waits until fall for a challenging evening view, lifting higher in December.
The Moon is one day from being completely Full, as it climbs into the east-northeast during the fading twilight. By 7:15 PM, the Moon has climbed more than one third of the way up in the east, directly below the two stars called the Twins of Gemini, with Castor the higher of the pair, and Pollux closer to the Moon.