BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Moon, M44 and Venus
When: 14 September See it with: Naked eye and binoculars How to see it: Look eastward in the very early morning, around 4am
Normally the most observed conjunctions are seen in the evening sky, but you’ll need to set your alarm clock for this one as it’s best seen around 4am towards the eastern horizon. The slim crescent Moon and dazzling Venus lie either side of the wonderful star cluster M44, the Beehive Cluster. The Moon and Venus will be viewable with the naked eye and you may be able to glimpse the cluster, but the view through binoculars will be special indeed, enhancing the appearance of the Beehive. This is one of the occasional conjunctions that involve a deep-sky object, so it’s definitely worth making the effort provided you have clear skies.