This morning when I went out to get the paper, the sky was somewhere between black and gray and looked overcast. No MOON, but I noticed a single star off to the left of my mailbox. When I turned around to head back to the house, I spotted more stars and discovered that I was looking up at the BIG DIPPER. The “dipper” was upside down as if it was emptying itself. I tried to follow the pointer stars to POLARIS (THE NORTH STAR) but couldn’t find it. Actually a morning like this one is perfect for a beginning stargazer because only the brightest stars are visible, which simplifies the sky considerably.

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