Sky show: Crescent moon, Venus and space station
Plan to be up before dawn Monday? Maybe the dog needs walking? Or perhaps you just have an early commute, or a date with your running shoes? Well, keep your eyes open. If skies stay clear early risers will be treated to a fine show by a crescent moon, the planet Venus and a bright, early pass by the International Space Station.
All three should be visible from urban settings, IF skies are clear. Sunrise isn't until 6:21 a.m.
Here's the deal: The moon and Venus will be up above the eastern horizon by 4:30 a.m. The moon will be easy enough to spot, and Venus will be the bright "star" just below and slightly to the left of the moon. Here's a sky map from Spaceweather.com
Then, watch for the International Space Station to emerge from the Earth's showdow and rise above the southern horizon at 5:12 a.m. It will be a very bright, steady white light, like a moving star or an aircraft (only without multiple lights or flashing strobes). It will move toward the northeast, climbing more than halfway from the southeastern horizon to the zenith (straight up) by 5:13 a.m.
The ISS will fly just above the constellation Orion, and very close to the moon and Venus before disappearing at 5:16 a.m.
Great show, if you can get out of bed for it. If you do, drop back here and describe what you saw for all the sleepyheads.