I'm going back to work today, so I got up at an ungodly hour. Then I sat for almost an hour composing a post for Starship Asterisk*, and then I decided to go and look out my kitchen window, in case there was anything interesting to see out there. A Perseid, maybe?
The first thing I saw was the vaguely brownish color that means an overcast sky. I was about to turn on the lights when something brilliant caught my eye. There, over on the right side of the sky as seen from my kitchen window, was a sharp, brilliant, lovely white crescent of the Moon. And to the upper right of the Moon was a brilliant planet... Venus? Goodness, I had no idea what you can see in the sky these days, because it was so long since I had a look!
There was a bright yellow-orange light below the brilliant light of Venus(?). And there were small stars in the vicinity of the yellow-orange light. Oh, Aldebaran and the Hyades! And there, high in the sky even farther to the right, was the lovely Pleiades!
Suddenly a brilliant white light appeared at the upper left, as the clouds parted. What was it? So bright, so white? Oh, Capella!
And my goodness me! Now the clouds parted below the Moon! And yet another, even more brilliant light burst forth! Wait, this must be Venus! So what was that other light to the upper right? Oh, Jupiter!
Wow! What a show! It was as if the clouds parted to show first one, then another, then yet another of the brilliant lights in the east this morning.