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Triple Sky Show: Venus, Moon and Bright Star to Dazzle Thursday

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Triple Sky Show: Venus, Moon and Bright Star to Dazzle Thursday
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If you've been up before sunrise during this past week and gazed at the east-southeast sky, you may have noticed the return of the brightest of all planets, Venus, glimmering like a sequined showgirl with a silvery-white light. But if not, you may want to catch Thursday's triple sky show of Venus, the moon and a bright morning star.

The view, weather permitting, should be worth setting your alarm clock for on Thursday (Dec. 2). At about 6 a.m. ET, there will be a beautiful configuration involving Venus, a slender crescent moon and the bluish first magnitude star, Spica in the constellation Virgo.

This sky map shows where to look to see Venus, the moon and Spica Thursday morning.

On that morning, if you face southeast, you'll readily see the moon, flanked by a brilliant Venus to its upper left, while Spica shining only about 1/250 as bright as Venus hovers almost directly above the moon.

The trio will form a very striking, albeit wide, triangle that will almost certainly catch the eyes of early morning commuters en route to work and school. ......