Skywatch: Use the Moon to help you find a few planets this week

The Moon & the Red Planet

When skies clear out use the waxing crescent moon has a date with the Red Planet early this week. Look for the pair near the horizon in the southeastern sky about an hour-and-a-half before sunrise.

Near the pair you’ll find Antares, the brightest star in the constellation of Scorpius. Above is how you’ll find the three on Monday.

The Moon Meets Jupiter

The moon and Jupiter will be low in the sky on Wednesday morning. They’ll be tough to spot as the pair will be very close to the horizon and the sun will be brightening up the sky.

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Look in the southeastern sky before sunrise.

The New Moon

The sky will be darker this week because the New Moon arrives on Friday at 4:42 p.m.

This means there will be less light pollution and therefore a better chance at seeing the faintest stars, providing mother nature cooperates with a clear sky.

The Little Beehive

With a dark sky you can use the brightest star in the night sky to locate an object known as Messier 41 or M41. Sometimes called the Little Beehive, M41 looks a little like a “smudge” in the sky.

Use the three stars that make up Orion’s belt to find Sirius (the brightest nighttime star). M41 will be just below and right of it. Happy hunting!