Jupiter gleams from the western sky in front of the stars of Gemini this morning as seen from the Chicago area. (Click the images to see them larger.) The twin stars Castor and Pollux appear above Jupiter. Procyon (Canis Minor) appears nearby.
Meanwhile Mars, Saturn and the moon appear in the southeastern sky. Saturn appears near the crescent moon (overexposed on the image) Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali (Libra) appear nearby. Mars is racing eastward along the ecliptic toward Spica (Virgo). The planet passes about five degrees north of the star on January 28, 2014.
Read more about the planets this month.