Skywatching: October 30-November 2

Before Sunrise

Jupiter and the Twins, brilliant in the morning

This is the last week of Daylight Savings Time. Thus, in Chicago, the sun rises later this week than it does at any other time of the year. As a result, it’s still quite dark when I wake up and walk the dog—and the morning sky is quite a treat.

Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is nearly overhead and outshines everything but the moon. Nearby are the stars Castor and Pollux, representing the twins of Gemini. The morning sky in the fall is a preview of the evening sky in the winter, since these three will rise earlier and earlier as the weeks progress. For now, you don’t even have to wake up too early to see these brilliant lights.

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