Friday morning in the early dawn, two cosmic celebrities share the spotlight above the eastern horizon. The waning crescent Moon will have an extremely close encounter with the most famous of all star clusters, the Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters. The odd cosmic couple will be separated by only 0.5 degrees – about one full Moon disk apart. Your best bet in seeing the 400 light year distant open star cluster next to the glare of the Moon will be to use binoculars. By Saturday morning the Moon will leave behind the cluster and move closer to the horizon and meet up with another giant of the sky. Stay tuned for more on that on Friday morning.
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