Mars is closer this week than it will be until 2035! Stay out with your scope to at least 11 or midnight to catch it very high seen through thin air. The Moon pairs up closely with Mars on Friday the 2nd — and occults Mars for parts of South America.
Jupiter and Saturn, meanwhile, remain at their highest and best right around nightfall, lower in the south.
And the “winter” Milky Way, at least the parts of it running through Cepheus, Lacerta, Cassiopeia and Perseus, is already well up in the north to northeast.