On a recent clear crisp 12 degree morning somewhere around 4:30 a.m. I was outside with my dog as part of my morning routine before heading in to work. I looked up in the sky and noticed a few stars that were much brighter than any others. I remembered that right now for the first time since January 2005 we’re able to see 5 planets stretched across the early pre-dawn sky simply by looking up. The five bright visible planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – and we should be able to see them until sometime around February 20, 2016. Pretty cool. I have to admit I love looking at the stars. Every time there’s a night sky loaded with stars I’m completely awe-struck. Same goes for a starless sky with a great big full moon, or with a moon in any phase – the crescent moon is a particular favorite. I love that stuff.
Don’t forget to look up every now and then . . .