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Skywatch: Use a famous asterism to help you find your way

The "Big Dipper" can be used to find the North Star.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Red Planet & Saturn have a date early this week that will be a treat for early risers. Saturn & Mars will make a close approach on Monday morning. Venus will be just left of the pair shining brightly. If you have a clear view of the horizon look below & left of the trio and you may catch Jupiter.

Use a popular asterism to help you find your way in the world. The Big Dipper is one of the most recognizable patterns of stars in the night sky. The two stars that make up the outer edge of the “cup” point to the Polaris, the North Star. Once you know where true north is you can figure out the rest of the cardinal directions.

The First Quarter Moon arrives early on Saturday morning. It’ll officially be here at 2:48 a.m. The moon will have set by then so you’ll have to wait until Saturday evening to spot the half-moon. Happy hunting!

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