Stormy past brings glorious mornings

First, on Monday morning, find the moon well up in the sky.
The bright ‘star’ to its upper right is the planet Jupiter.
The even brighter ‘star’ to its lower left is the planet Venus.

This is a fantastic view before sunrise (which is about 6:30 am these days)
that will linger even after sunrise if you use the moon to find the planets.

Each day the moon will move closer to Venus, getting next to Venus on Wednesday and below Venus on Thursday morning.

Even after the moon is gone, Venus and Jupiter will still be up in the morning sky.

If you get a chance, use any optical aid to see the rough terrain on the moon where the sun is setting.
Also, check out Jupiter’s tiny moons close to the planet.

For more directions, see the sky maps for the week at
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/168792986.html

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