"The Winter Hexagon and the Summer Triangle In the Sky at the Same Time, Right Now In the Dead Of Winter, Would You Believe?"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Jan 07-13

The "Winter Hexagon"—a modern asterism—can be seen in the evening skies all month long. It is comprised of six bright stars from as many constellations. (The longer-known "Winter Triangle" asterism is much smaller, shown above by the purple lines in the lower-left section of the hexagon.)
The Summer Triangle can be seen setting in the west at the same time that the Winter Hexagon is rising in the east.
(Shown at about 6:30pm at mid-January for mid-Northern latitudes.  Mars's position is indicated at four-day intervals from January 7 through 19.)

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