When people see a bright star in the sky their curiosity is picked and they begin to wonder what it might be.  The purpose of this page is to answer that question.  Please consider bookmarking our site as a reference for current night sky events and to answer:

  • What's the bright star in the east?
  • What's the bright star in the west?
  • What's that bright star in the sky tonight?
  • What is the bright planet in the sky tonight?
  • What is the bright star in the southeast sky
  • What is the bright star in the morning?
  • What is the bright star tonight?

What's that bright star in the Evening Sky...

The bright stars of winter predominate the evening sky.  The brightest star in the sky, Sirius, is among them.  Look for Sirius as a bright blue white star shining in the southeast during the evening hours.  The only planet is Mars, shining an orangish-red color in the SW sky.  The image below shows where you can find Mars and the brightest stars in the sky tonight.

What's that bright star in the Morning Sky...

This one is easy…  The brightest object in the sky after the Sun and Moon is the planet Venus.  Earlier this month Venus reached its brightest for this morning appearance and will slowly fade over the coming months.  Joining Venus near month’s end is the second brightest object, the planet Jupiter.  On the morning of the 22nd Venus and Jupiter will for a beautiful pairing in the east before dawn.   On February 1st, Venus, Jupiter, the crescent Moon and Saturn will be sitting in a line on east horizon.

Visit our Parent / Teacher Resources to download a free copy of this month’s star chart or visit our online store for resources and recommendations on telescopes and becoming a stargazer.