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Once, the constellations led ships to safe harbor and inspired campfire stories about the gods. Today, navigation often depends on radar, and if asked to recall an ancient myth based on the night’s thousand points of light, most laypersons’ response would be, “Well, er, I think that’s Orion….” For shame. According to the Air & Space Museum, January is a most excellent month to stargaze, and at this morning’s lecture on “January Skies, North and South,” Einstein Planetarium Director James Sharp introduces the winter constellations of both hemispheres. At 9:30 a.m. at the National Air & Space Museum’s Einstein Planetarium, 6th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Nathalie op de Beeck)