Jupiter 07:00 GMT on 02 January
Jupiter will be so low in the eastern sky before dawn at the start of the month that seeing it will be extremely difficult, despite its bright magnitude. By midDecember the Solar System’s largest planet will be visible low in the sky close to fainter Mercury. By 21 December the two worlds will be just a degree – two Moon widths – apart. By the New Year Jupiter will be higher in the sky in Ophiuchus, much more obvious to the naked eye. Look out for a lovely waning crescent Moon shining above Jupiter and to the lower left of Venus before dawn on the morning of 2 January.