How to spot the Pleiades, Hyades and other star clusters in the winter night sky

For much of the U.S. we’re now into the coldest part of the winter season, and for those who may have recently received a telescope for a holiday gift, the biggest complaint usually is: “I’d love to spend time looking at the wintertime stars, but it’s so cold!”

This is hardly an excuse to stay inside. As I said two years ago in this skywatching column, you can properly protect yourself against the elements without suiting up like an astronaut about to walk on the moon.

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