Stargazing: Morning sky highlights

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After months of hiding in the glare of the sun, Orion has returned to the morning sky. Orion's reappearance reminds us of the cycle of changing seasons and the cold weather that's just a few short months away.

Start your search for Orion Saturday morning, one hour before sunrise, by locating the thin waning crescent moon 18 degrees above the eastern horizon. Ten degrees to the right of the moon and 15 degrees above the horizon is Betelgeuse, the second brightest star in Orion. The three stars in the Hunter's belt will be pointing up to Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, and the Pleiades star cluster.

Early risers Saturday morning will also notice that the waning crescent moon sits just 5 degrees to the left of our bright "morning star," Jupiter. The Jovian giant is the top rung in a ladder of three planets that the waning crescent will pass as it sinks to the horizon. The other two planets are fainter Mars and slightly brighter Mercury.



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