What will you see on the way home from your New Year’s Eve party? There’s a stargazing treat in store for anyone who has stayed up until the small hours of the morning on New Year’s Day!
On the eastern horizon two bright, red star-like objects will have risen! One is a star and the other is a planet!
Mars is higher of the two star-like objects and the one below and to the left is the supergiant red star of Antares.
Happy New Year!
When to look: From 3.30am until sunrise, 1st January
Which direction to look: East
Antares is a supergiant red star which is about 550 light years away from Earth. It’s the brightest star in the constellation of Scorpius (more commonly known as Scorpio). It’s often referred to as the heart of Scorpio. The name Antares means “Rival of Mars” in Greek and you can see why when you see our red planet and the star side by side in the night sky.