The winter sky is by far the best time for astronomy. Long, dark nights with cool weather can present us with fabulously clear dark skies that last for hours. I've got some favorite winter astronomical targets coming up so hopefully they might inspire you to get out under the stars and hunt them down.
First up, Andromeda. Usually recognized as an autumn object, our most massive neighboring galaxy can still be seen in the west at around sunset. If you are in a dark location then you might be able to spot it with the naked eye. To find it, look out for the Great Square of the constellation Pegasus and locate the uppermost star which is generally regarded as the top left corner star and is known as Alpheratz.
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From here you should be able to see two fainter stars heading off away from the Square and from the second one, known as Mirach take a ‘right turn’ and hop up two more stars. In that general location you should scan with binoculars and look for a fuzzy blob, this is the Andromeda Galaxy. It is an object over 2 million light years away, which means the light you can see with your own eyes has been travelling for 2 million years -- in other words, you are looking back in time! A low magnification is the best way to observe the galaxy with a telescope and if you study it carefully you may be able to make out a hint of dark dust lanes.