Jupiter shines brightly this month, and on Saturday a friend and I went outside to skywatch. Fog from our breath quickly disappeared like dragon's breath in the crisp night air with a dwindling breeze. We fidgeted eagerly in our places and shuffled light flakes of frigid snow beneath our boots, as we peered up at the sky, straining to catch sight of dimmer stars.
In this area light pollution sometimes blocks them out, but on Saturday without a cloud in sight the brightest light around was the full moon and the second-brightest was Jupiter (top right). We couldn't see Jupiter's moons, but in a darker area or with some aid they can be spotted. This website, Astro Viewer (http://www.astroviewer.com/current-night-sky.php?lon=-73.94&lat=40.67&city=New+York+City&tz=EST) , has a nice nightly star chart which can help you locate Jupiter, and you can use the search box on the left to set it to your location.
The way I've been finding Jupiter this week is locating the constellation Orion, then going in a straight line from Rigel (Orion's right foot from our point-of-view) to Betelgeuse (Orion's left shoulder) and continuing about that length one more time and that's right next to Jupiter.
Here's a photo from today: