The Evening Sky for January 2018:
The evening sky is devoid of any visible planets but barely visible Uranus is high in the southern sky but the use of binoculars or a telescope is definitely needed to see it vividly. However, the sky is dominated with deep space objects including the famous nebula in Orion which rises around sunset and is high in the south at midnight. Other telescopic interests are the Crab Nebula in the east around 9 pm, the Pinwheel Galaxy high in the east at 7 pm and the great Andromeda Galaxy high overhead at 8 pm. (All these pictures taken in my backyard with an 11 inch telescope).

The Planets:
The planets are mostly in the morning sky now with mighty Jupiter leading the way with ruddy red Mars right behind rising shortly before 3 am with. On January 7, the two appeared very close to each other nearly 'touching' (in apperance) (See a picture I captured at 6 am that morning in 25 weather). Fleet footed Mercury (the messenger god) was quite visible around an hour before sunup but is now rising later and later and will soon be lost in the morning twilight. Saturn has moved out of the morning twilight and is rising around 6 am. Venus has left the morning sky and is lost in the solar glare. She will become visible in the evening sky sometime in February and then will domimate the spring and summer sky as "The Evening Star".