Following the line of Orion’s Belt stars to the right, the red star Aldebaran should easily catch your attention.  Look more carefully at this region, and you will see a “V” shaped pattern of stars making the Bull’s face.  This faint group is called the Hyades, step-sisters of the more famous Pleiades, or Seven Sisters.

The Scorpion is making his usual pre-dawn appearance as winter enters its final weeks. From 2:30 to 5:30 AM EDT, this “S”-shaped constellation climbs into the southeast, with its red star Antares due south at 5:40 AM, with its head and claws to the upper right, and body and tail curling like an “S” toward the horizon.

Settling into the northwest as evening descends, the Queen of the heavens, Cassiopeia, remains well placed for viewing, about one third of the way above the horizon. Her W-shaped pattern of 5 stars pivots around the North Star, and each spring looks more and more like the celestial throne she sits upon.