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A shaving of moon greets skywatchers tomorrow morning

If you'd like to see a very thin morning crescent moon only a day and a half before it transitions to new moon, set your alarm for 7 tomorrow morning. Very low in the southeastern sky near Virgo's brightest star Spica, a fingernail moon...

If you'd like to see a very thin morning crescent moon only a day and a half before it transitions to new moon, set your alarm for 7 tomorrow morning. Very low in the southeastern sky near Virgo's brightest star Spica, a fingernail moon will punctuate the pink twilight. A little more than one outstretched fist above the moon, you'll see a "star" that will soon fade in the gathering light. That's the planet Saturn, fresh from its "rebirth" after conjunction with the sun earlier this autumn. Next week, Saturn will get some company when Venus glides up and away from the sun into better visibility.

Last night after the election, I took a late walk. No matter who won or lost, the sky was as beautiful as ever. The twinkling stars let my mind drift away from the day's events. As humans doing daily battle with our private dinosaurs, we need those points of light for perspective and release.

Tomorrow Comet Hartley 2 gets a visit from NASA's Epoxi probe. We'll have full coverage right here with the latest news, photos and anything else I can get my hands on. See you then.

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