If you can
find Saturn in tonight's sky, then
you can also find M44,
popularly known as the Beehive
In fact, with a pair of binoculars most casual skygazers should
find it fairly easy to zero in on this
Saturn is at
opposition - opposite the Sun
in Earth's sky - so, the bright planet rises in the east at sunset
and is visible throughout the night.
stationary part of its wandering path through
the heavens, Saturn will obligingly linger for a while
in the vicinity of M44 in the relatively faint
Seen here in a photograph from January 25, Saturn (lower right)
is strongly overexposed with the stars of M44 swarming above
and to the left.
The picture approximately corresponds to
the view when looking
through a typical pair of binoculars.
about 64 light-minutes from our fair planet
while M44, one of the closest star clusters, is around
600 light-years away.