MUST-SEE SUNSET PHENOMENON: Like the Moon, Venus has phases, and this
week the second planet from the sun is a whisper-thin crescent. The
phenomenon is easy to observe. Venus is so bright, you can see it at
sunset even before the sky fades to black (hint: face southwest). A
pair of binoculars or a small telescope reveals Venus's crescent shape.
AURORA WATCH: A solar wind stream is approaching Earth and could spark the first auroras of 2014 when it arrives on Jan. 2-4. Would you like a call when the sky lights up? Geomagnetic storm alerts are available from http://spaceweathertext.com (text) and http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice).