I typically travel to work on the train about 5:30 AM and it’s probably one of the highlights of my day. Birds are waking up, dawn is breaking and it’s that one moment of the day that everything is at peace, still and getting ready for life.
The past few days I have seen what looks like a bright star high above the horizon. If you live in New England and wake up early enough you will see a very bright star over the next couple days in the eastern morning sky about 45° up from the horizon.
Amazingly it is not a star at all, at least not completely. What you are seeing is a conjunction, Mars – which is already bright, passing in front of the distant star Regulus. If you look closely you can see they are actually separate, but both being so bright they can almost appear to be one.
Take some time in those early morning hours to look up at what is timeless and part of us at the same time, our beautiful sky.