An Early-Morning Close Encounter

Here's a fun challenge for those who wish to get up with the Sun. About 40 minutes or so before sunrise, head outside and look to the east. As dawn's light grows bright, the hairline crescent Moon has a close conjunction with Venus just above the eastern horizon.

You'll probably want to bring your binoculars for this one. Oh, and if you're ready for something harder to find, wait for this weekend when the infant Moon rides close to Mercury. More on that later.

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