The early evening sky belongs to the distant faint planets, Neptune and Uranus. The first bright planetary arrival is Jupiter, with this gas giant rising around 22:00 EST mid-month near the tail of Leo. Mars is visible in the early hours, a few degrees from mag. +1.4 Spica (Alpha (_) Leonis) at the start of January. Saturn soon follows. As dawn commences, brilliant Venus is seen low in the east. Mercury rises quickly out of the Sun’s glare in the latter half of the month, finishing January 7° below Venus.