Rise and shine! At least, that is what the slender Crescent Moon does late tonight near 1:45 AM. By the time some early risers wake near 4 o’clock, look above the Moon for a sprinkling of stars, belonging to the star cluster, the Seven Sisters, or the Pleiades. Well below them shines the reddish star Aldebaran, the “eye” of Taurus, the Bull.

Due east, about one half hour after midnight, you’ll see the Great Square of Pegasus, about one third of the way up into the sky. The square is tipped to look more like a diamond. In regards to a picture of the mythic winged horse, the square is the body, upside down with the head and front legs to the right.

The southern end of the Milky Way hosts a rich variety types of objects because it is the center of our galaxy, though binoculars or telescopes are needed. Looking at the red star Antares, due south at 9:45 PM, ordinary binoculars will show a fuzzy object farther right – a cluster of tens of thousands of stars.