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A thin crescent moon appears low in the southeastern sky tomorrow morning, just before sunrise. The moon appears underneath the brilliant planet Venus. Both are in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius. Venus and the moon are 10 degrees apart, and are the two brightest celestial objects in the sky, easy to find, and a pleasant and memorable sight.
If the morning sky cooperates, there is a third object in the night sky. Right above the moon is the red star Antares, the principal star in Scorpius. The moon and the star are close.
Mars is the bright red planet rising high in the eastern sky after sunset. The planet outshines all stars in the eastern sky. Mars is in the zodiacal constellation Taurus and slipping behind Earth in its orbit around the sun. In the weeks ahead the red planet will lose its brilliance, but remain in our evening sky through spring. Mars is 56 million miles away and by the end of January, it will be 71 million miles away.
The ringed-planet Saturn rises at about 9 p.m. in the evening and outshines all stars rising in the east. The bright planet is in the zodiacal constellation Leo and rises behind the bright star Regulus. Saturn is easy to spot in the east closer to midnight. Saturn is 809 million miles away and getting closer.