The January 4th marks the time when Earth is at its closest point to the Sun, called perihelion.

During this month, people in higher latitudes can enjoy a long period of dark nights and spectacular stargazing opportunities.

Four bright planets are visible soon after sunset, with Venus being particularly easy to spot due to its bright appearance.

On the evening of January 22nd, Venus and Saturn will pass each other just half a degree apart, or about the width of the Moon.

Over in the east, Orion and two star clusters – including Hyades and Pleiades – are visible at nightfall.

Both star clusters are easy to spot with the naked eye and look particularly beautiful through binoculars or a telescope.

The month of January also features a meteor shower, known as the Quadrantids, which can be seen in dark skies near midnight.

People living farther south can also enjoy an array of stargazing opportunities this month, with a variety of interesting celestial events on display.

The month of January is an excellent time to get acquainted with the night sky and all it has to offer for amateur stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts.

Whether you're enjoying northern or southern skies this month, there are plenty of great things to see in the night sky – from planets and star clusters to meteor showers and more.

Whatever your level of interest in astronomy, there are plenty of exciting celestial events in January that you won't want to miss.

With dark skies, good weather, and a variety of interesting things happening in the night sky this month, January is a great time for stargazing.

So grab your binoculars and telescopes, bundle up, and head out into the night to discover all that January has to offer for amateur astronomers and stargazers.

From planets to meteor showers to star clusters and more, there's something amazing in store for everyone who loves looking up at the night sky.