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Bright Stars and Planets in the Morning

24 Sep 2013, 05:54 UTC
Bright Stars and Planets in the Morning
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Fantastic Morning SkyI get up early, and I am quite aware of the fact that as autumn begins, the mornings are darker and darker. Here in the west side of San Francisco, autumn is when our clear skies return (following the summer fog) and the sky starts to come alive. My early start of the day means that I get to see the fabulous winter skies and the brilliant planet Jupiter when I step outside to get the newspaper. The southeasterly view just before dawn is riveting, with Jupiter dominatingthe sky to the east, and the stunning constellation Orion, and the brightest star in the sky Sirius, to the south.Later this week, the waning gibbous Moon glides high across the sky, passing near Jupiter on the 28th. As the sunrise moves a few minutes later each morning, the sky becomes more accessible and if you can spare a minute of your morning routine, you'll like what you see.Image courtesy of Sky & Telescope.

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