Over the next few mornings, the pre-dawn skies host a conjunction of Leo, the Lion’s brightest star, Regulus, one third of the way up in the east-southeast by 6 o’clock, joined by the far-brighter Venus to its lower right. A waning Crescent Moon shines high above them tomorrow morning, settling just to their left by Monday morning.
The Draconid Meteor Shower peaks this evening, and the absence of the Moon allows star gazers dark skies to catch this minor event, most years producing fewer than 10 per hour. Occasional bursts hundreds per hour have occurred when their parent comet, Giacobini-Zinner, swings through the inner Solar System every 6.6 years, next in 2025.
If you are up and going early tomorrow morning, be sure to look to the east-southeast from 5:30 to 6 o’clock. Unmistakeable will be a thinning Crescent Moon to the upper left of the stunning Venus. Looking more carefully between them, the star Regulus struggles in between their glow, 250 times less bright than the our neighboring planet.