Early risers tomorrow will enjoy the combination of a waning Crescent Moon edging up into the southeast, greeting a preview of summer in the depths of winter. Well to the Moon’s left, the planet Venus beams above the red star Antares, the “heart” of the Scorpion. By 6 o’clock, Venus and Antares are low in the southeast, sliding a bit higher for your best views near 6:20, when the brightening twilight causes the star to fade.

The thinning Crescent Moon again joins Venus and the red star Antares, but this time appears just to the right of the red star from 5:45 until 6:30, when the twilight overwhelms the scene. To their lower left, even closer to the horizon, the planet Mercury makes one of its better morning appearances of the year through the rest of the week.

Mercury continues its early morning display for early risers tomorrow morning. As you enjoy your first cup of coffee, Mercury shines low but bright above a low, level southeast horizon from 6:15 through 6:40 AM, not to be confused with the much brighter, much higher Venus to the upper right. A very thin waning Cresent Moon just barely appears before sunrise to Mercury’s lower right.