Early Morning Conjunctions

If you remember the excitement of Venus and Jupiter in the evening sky during the summer, there’s a load of fun happening in the mornings these days. I remember hearing about this a while ago, so maybe it was subconscious, but I was wide awake at 5:30 this morning, when it was still dark, so I went outside. The streets were empty, and quiet, just a slight breeze, and only the faintest hum from the highway in the distance. The whole sky was mine, and I had a gorgeous view of Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and the moon crowded together, rising in a small corner of the sky along with the bright star Regulus. Since it’s only ever set against a black sky very early in the morning, the waning crescent moon is a rare treat for me, so it was worth today’s exhaustion it just for that. The rest of the planets lounging nearby made it spectacular. Anyhow, if you happen to be awake, here’s how the sky will look over the next couple of days looking east about an hour before sunrise. Notice how the moon is lower and lower each night, rising later and later. There’s magic in the early morning.
Early morning sky, looking east October 8-10, 2015
Early morning sky, October 8-10, 2015 (image from Stellarium)
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