Take advantage of the Labor Day weekend to observe a number of early morning celestial objects. Beginning early September, Comet ISON is low in the east before dawn in the constellation Cancer the Crab. Right now however, you’ll need good size telescope to observe the comet, which appears as a soft, fuzzy glow, but even without a telescope there’s a pair of very visible planets low in the eastern sky just before sunrise. Near the horizon is Mars – bright orange in color, while brillant Jupiter shines just above Mars. And while you’re at it, look for a very pretty compact star cluster, known as the Beehive star cluster, nearby Mars. Observing the morning sky won’t be disappointing – all good reasons for getting up early, early in September.
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